Update

To help support the city’s efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19, New-York Historical is temporarily closed to the public until it is safe to reopen. More details on our Visit page.

Mrs. Samuel Barker Harper (1777-1862)

Object Number: 
1957.211
Date: 
ca. 1820-1830
Medium: 
Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 
Overall: 36 x 29 in. ( 91.4 x 73.7 cm )
Marks: 
stencil: on reverse of canvas: "Prepared By/Edward Dechaux/New York."
Gallery Label: 
Christina Arcularius was the wife of prominent New York City grocer Samuel B. Harper. Her father, Philip Jacob Arcularius (1747-1825), emigrated from Germany to New York City and worked as a baker with his brothers, supplying bread to soldiers during the Revolution. After his marriage to Elizabeth Grim, Arcularius entered his wife's family's tanning business and soon thereafter began a career in local politics, first as assistant alderman and then as state assemblyman. Christina's remarkable Biblical sampler, made in 1792, survives at the Historical Society (1957.208). Christina had eight children, three of whom died in infancy. She lived to be eighty-three years old.
Credit Line: 
Bequest of Lathrop Colgate Harper
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group