Abraham B. De Peyster (1763-1801)
Watercolor on ivory
Overall: 1 7/8 x 1 3/8 in. ( 4.8 x 3.5 cm )
Inscribed: on back of case: "Abraham de Peyster/ M. to Catherine Bancker"
The subject of this miniature was the son of William De Peyster, Jr., and Elizabeth (Brasher) De Peyster. His sister Elizabeth was the second wife of Charles Willson Peale. In 1798, Peale painted a life-size portrait of the subject, which he mentions in his diary. The miniature was very likely copied from the larger portrait about the time the latter was painted.
Belknap, Waldron Phoenix, Jr. The De Peyster Geneaology. Boston: Privately Printed, 1956, p. 89, fig. 23 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.
Gift of Mrs. Edward Rutledge and her daughters
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.