William De Peyster, Jr. (1735-1803)

Object Number: 
1950.237
Date: 
1792
Medium: 
Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 
Overall: 29 3/4 x 25 in. ( 75.6 x 63.5 cm )
Gallery Label: 
The subject of this portrait was the son of William De Peyster, Sr., and Margareta (Roosevelt) De Peyster. After the Revolution he amassed a considerable fortune as a merchant, which he passed on to his sons who lost much of it during the War of 1812. He was a prominent citizen of New York and was on the board of managers of the almshouse. Peale painted this portrait of his father-in-law and another of his mother-in-law while visiting them in New York in 1792.
Bibliography: 
Sellers, Charles Coleman, Portraits and Miniatures by Charles Willson Peale, The Transactions of the American Philosophical Society, Vol. 42, Part I, Philadelphia: 1952, pp. 66-8, 270, 334. Belknap, Waldron Phoenix, Jr. The De Peyster Geneaology. Boston: Privately Printed, 1956, pp. 66-8, fig. 14 Belknap, Waldron Phoenix, Jr. American Colonial Painting, materials for a history. Cambridge, Mass. Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1959, pp. 47-58, II-IV. Catalogue of American Portraits in The New-York Historical Society, New Haven: Yale University Press, Vol. 2, 1974, pp. 210-1.
Credit Line: 
Bequest of Waldron Phoenix Belknap, Jr.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group