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William Cowper Prime (1825-1905)

William Cowper Prime (1825-1905)
Title
William Cowper Prime (1825-1905)
Date 
1857
Medium 
Oil on canvas
Dimensions 
Overall: 36 x 29 1/8 in. ( 91.4 x 74 cm )
Credit Line 
Gift of Benjamin L. Prime
Object Number 
1953.188
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.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group