Theodore Dwight, Jr. (1796-1866)
Oil on composition board
Overall: 30 3/4 x 24 in. ( 78.1 x 61 cm )
The subject was the son of Theodore and Abigail (Alsop) Dwight and a nephew of Timothy Dwight, president of Yale College (1795-1817). Upon taking up residence in Brooklyn in 1833, he taught school, worked on his father's newspaper, "The New York Daily Advertiser," and wrote articles for religious publications. Among his many books were "A New Gazeteer of the United States of America" (1833) and "The History of Connecticut" (1840). His portrait was a gift to the Society from his granddaughter.
Sizer, Theodore, The Works of Colonel John Trumbull: Artist of the American Revolution, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1967, p. 30. Catalogue of American Portraits in The New-York Historical Society, New Haven: Yale University Press, Vol. 1, 1974, pp. 242-3.
Bequest of Isabel Stuart Ferris
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