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The Course of Empire: Destruction
Oil on canvas (relined)
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The subject was the eldest child of Silvanus Folger Jenkins and Hannah S. (Leggett) Jenkins, Quakers of New York. He joined the bank of America in 1846 and was elected president in 1846, from which position he retired in 1888. He was a charter member of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children and a life member of The New-York Historical Society. This portrait is based on an original that dates from about 1830.
Gift of Edward C. Delafield
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
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