Major General Philip John Schuyler (1733-1804)
Oil on wood panel
Overall: 3 7/8 x 3 in. ( 9.8 x 7.6 cm ) Frame: 10 1/4 x 9 1/2 x 2 1/4 in. (26 x 24.1 x 5.7 cm)
inscription: on back: "Philip Schuyler, Esq. / Maj'r Genl. in the American / service--presented at the capture / of Genl. Burgoyne--& Senator of the United States for / the State of N. York. Presented at / the inauguration of the first / President. / Pain
The subject was the son of Johannes Schuyler, Jr., and Cornelia (Van Cortlandt) Schuyler. In 1775 he was a delegate to the second Continental Congress and helped organize the Continental Army, in which he was appointed a major general. He resigned his commission in 1779, but served as an advisor on currency matters and Indian affairs. Thereafter he held one public office or another in New York State until 1798; he was twice elected to the U.S. Senate.
A Catalogue with Descriptive Notices of the Portraits, Busts, etc. belonging to Yale University 1892, New Haven: 1892, p. 94 Sizer, Theodore, The Works of Colonel John Trumbull: Artist of the American Revolution, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1967, pp. 46, 65. Catalogue of American Portraits in The New-York Historical Society, New Haven: Yale University Press, Vol. 2, 1974, pp. 711-2.
Bequest of Philip Schuyler
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