George Ludwig Christian Scriba (1753-1836)

Object Number: 
ca. 1800-1810
Colored wax
diameter: 4 3/4 in. ( 12.1 cm )
inscriptions: in ink on back: "Johann Christian/Rauschner/At Duane St./No. 6/New York"
Bas-relief portrait
Gallery Label: 
The subject was born in Vöhl, Hesse-Darmstadt, the son of a Lutheran minister. After mercantile experience as a young man in Amsterdam and the West Indies, he immigrated to the United States in 1783 and settled in New York. In 1792 he purchased a 500,000 acre tract of land between Lake Ontario and Lake Oneida which was known as Scriba's Patent. He founded the settlement of Rotterdam (later Constantia) on Lake Oneida where he died.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mrs. Katherine Prentis Murphy
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Creative: Tronvig Group