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The Course of Empire: Desolation
Oil on canvas (relined)
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The family of William Hude Neilson established itself in New York before the Revolution. His grandfather, also called William, was a prosperous merchant and shipowner, and his father, William, Jr., continued the family business and was a successful executive of marine insurance companies. William H. Neilson, the eldest son of William, Jr., worked as a broker in Wall Street. The subject is represented at the age of about thirty in this portrait. His attire suggests a date of ca. 1840.
Gift of the Ossining Historical Society
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
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