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Aaron Vail (1796-1878)

Object Number: 
1968.34
Date: 
ca. 1845
Medium: 
Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 
Overall: 50 1/2 x 35 1/4 in. ( 128.3 x 89.5 cm )
Gallery Label: 
The subject was born in Lorient, France, where his father, Aaron Vail (1758-1813), a New York merchant, was United States consul and commercial agent. He came to live in the U.S. after his father's death and later served in various capacities with the U.S. State Dept. under Presidents James Monroe, John Quincy Adams, and Andrew Jackson. He was the grandfather of Madame Jacques de Bon, wife of the donor.
Credit Line: 
Bequest of Jacques de Bon
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group