William De Peyster, Jr. (1735-1803)
Oil on canvas
Overall: 29 3/4 x 25 in. ( 75.6 x 63.5 cm )
The subject of this portrait was the son of William De Peyster, Sr., and Margareta (Roosevelt) De Peyster. After the Revolution he amassed a considerable fortune as a merchant, which he passed on to his sons who lost much of it during the War of 1812. He was a prominent citizen of New York and was on the board of managers of the almshouse. Peale painted this portrait of his father-in-law and another of his mother-in-law while visiting them in New York in 1792.
Sellers, Charles Coleman, Portraits and Miniatures by Charles Willson Peale, The Transactions of the American Philosophical Society, Vol. 42, Part I, Philadelphia: 1952, pp. 66-8, 270, 334. Belknap, Waldron Phoenix, Jr. The De Peyster Geneaology. Boston: Privately Printed, 1956, pp. 66-8, fig. 14 Belknap, Waldron Phoenix, Jr. American Colonial Painting, materials for a history. Cambridge, Mass. Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1959, pp. 47-58, II-IV. Catalogue of American Portraits in The New-York Historical Society, New Haven: Yale University Press, Vol. 2, 1974, pp. 210-1.
Bequest of Waldron Phoenix Belknap, Jr.
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