William De Peyster, Sr. (1709-1784)
Oil on canvas
Overall: 30 x 25 in. ( 76.2 x 63.5 cm )
The subject of this portrait was born in New York, the son of Johannes (1666-1711) and Anna (Bancker) De Peyster. He was an officer in the militia and an assistant alderman of the common council prior to the capture of New York by the British in the Revolution. Peale made copies of portraits of William De Peyster, Sr., and his wife for Ann De Peyster, the subject's daughter, while in New York in 1798. The portrait of Mr. De Peyster was a gift to the Society from his great-great-granddaughter.
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, 270. Belknap, Waldron Phoenix, Jr. The De Peyster Geneaology. Boston: Privately Printed, 1956, pp. 63-4, fig. 12 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. 1, 1974, pp 207-8.
Bequest of Emily M. De Peyster
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