William De Peyster, Jr. (1735-1803)

William De Peyster, Jr. (1735-1803)
Title
William De Peyster, Jr. (1735-1803)
Date 
1792
Medium 
Oil on canvas
Dimensions 
Overall: 29 3/4 x 25 in. ( 75.6 x 63.5 cm )
Credit Line 
Bequest of Waldron Phoenix Belknap, Jr.
Object Number 
1950.237
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.
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