Maria McKesson (1742-1829)
Oil on canvas
Overall: 36 x 28 in. ( 91.4 x 71.1 cm )
The subject, also known as Mary and Aunt Polly, was the younger daughter of Alexander McKesson, who emigrated to America from Argyleshire, Scotland, in 1731, and Mary (Ward) McKesson. She was born at Fogges Manor, Chester, Pennsylvania. When her bachelor brother John (1734-96) moved to New York, she accompanied him and kept house for him.
M. Knoedler & Co., Catalogue: American Paintings of the 18th & Early 19th Century in Our Current Collection, New York: M. Knoedler & Co., 1946, No. 37. Auction Catalogue for Sale no. 1654, Parke-Bernet Galleries, Inc., New York, February 29, 1956, pp. 48-9, lot no. 72. Dickson, Harold E., John Wesley Jarvis: American Painter, 1780-1840, New York: The New-York Historical Society, 1949, p. 358. Annual Report of the New-York Historical Society for the Year 1959, New York, The New-York Historical Society, 1960, pp. 53-4. Catalogue of American Portraits in The New-York Historical Society, Vol. 2, New York: The New-York Historical Society, 1974, p. 505.
Gift of Mrs. Irving McKesson
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