William Cowper Prime (1825-1905)

Object Number: 
1953.188
Date: 
1857
Medium: 
Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 
Overall: 36 x 29 1/8 in. ( 91.4 x 74 cm )
Marks: 
signature and date: lower right: "F. Schlegel / 1857" inscription: on back: "Braheem Effendi / F. Schlegel Pinxit 1857 for W. C. Prime"
Gallery Label: 
After graduating from Princeton University in 1843, the subject studied law, was admitted to the bar, and practiced in New York. He would distinguish himself not only as a lawyer, but as a journalist, author, art historian, and Near East enthusiast as well. In this portrait, a gift to the Society from his great-grandson, he appears in Arab costume with ruins of Egyptian temples in the background.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Benjamin L. Prime
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group