David Gelston (1744-1828)

Object Number: 
1897.1
Date: 
ca. 1810-1815
Medium: 
Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 
Overall: 34 x 27 1/4 in. ( 86.4 x 69.2 cm )
Gallery Label: 
Gelston was active as a legislator in New York State during the Revolution and the years that followed. In 1801 President Jefferson appointed him collector of customs for the Port of New York, a position he held for nineteen years. In this portrait he holds a book which bears the title "Collection Duties," in reference to the office he held when the portrait was painted.
Bibliography: 
"New Home for the Historical Society," New-York Tribune, January 6, 1987, p. 7. Catalogue of the Museum and Gallery of Art of The New-York Historical Society, New York, The New-York Historical Society, 1903, p. 86. Catalogue of the Gallery of Art of The New-York Historical Society, New York, The New-York Historical Society, 1915, p. 36. Kelby, William, Notes on American Artists 1754-1820: Copied from advertisements appearing in the newspapers of the day, New York: The New-York Historical Society, 1922, p. 63. Bolton, Theodore, and Groce, George C., Jr., "John Wesley Jarvis: An Account of His Life and the First Catalogue of His Work, Art Quarterly, Vol. 1, No. 4, Autumn 1938, pp. 299-321. "Jarvis Centennial Exhibition List," New York; The New-York Historical Society, 1940, p. 1. Dickson, H.E., "John Wesley Jarvis: Knickerbocker Painter, The New-York Historical Society Quarterly Bulletin, Vol. 24, No. 2, April 1940, pp. 47-64. Catalogue of American Portraits in The New-York Historical Society: Oil Portraits, Miniatures, Sculptures, New York: The New-York Historical Society, 1941, pp. 110-1. Dickson, Harold E., John Wesley Jarvis: American Painter, 1780-1840, New York: The New-York Historical Society, 1949, pp. 332, 351, 427. Catalogue of American Portraits in The New-York Historical Society, Vol. 2, New York: The New-York Historical Society, 1974, pp. 290-1.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mrs. Henry R. Winthrop
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group