John Wakefield Francis, M.D. (1789-1861)
Oil on canvas
Overall: 30 x 25 in. ( 76.2 x 63.5 cm )
The son of a German immigrant grocer of New York, John Wakefield Francis graduated from Columbia College in 1809 and went on to distinguish himself as a doctor, teacher, and author. He was librarian of The New-York Historical Society from 1812 tp 1818 and its corresponding secretary in 1817-18. This portrait was executed for the American Art-Union, of which the subject was the first president (1831-41).
Gift of the American Art-Union
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