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George Albert Zabriskie (1868-1954)

Classification: 
Date: 
1940
Medium: 
Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 
Overall: 47 1/2 x 37 1/2 in. ( 120.6 x 95.2 cm )
Credit Line: 
Gift of George A. Zabriskie
Object Number: 
1940.959
Marks: 
signature and date: upper left: "W. S. Conrow 1940"
Gallery Label: 
The subject was the son of John Albert and Martha Lyon (Knox) Zabriskie, and a descendent of Albert Zabriskie who came from Poland in 1662 to settle in New Amsterdam. He was associated with the Pillsbury Flour Mills Co. and served as a director of the Columbia Baking Co. He became a life member of The New-York Historical Society in 1920, was elected treasurer in 1929, and ten years later was chosen president, an office he held until 1947.
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1940
eMuseum Object ID: 
43320
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Nellie McCormick Flagg (1876-1923)

Classification: 
Date: 
ca. 1906
Medium: 
Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 
Frame: 69 1/2 x 51 1/2 x 3 in. (176.5 x 130.8 x 7.6 cm) Unframed: 60 1/4 × 42 in. (153 × 106.7 cm)
Credit Line: 
Gift of Arnold Scaasi and Parker Ladd
Object Number: 
2001.1
Gallery Label: 
A wealthy St. Louis socialite, Nellie McCormick was the first wife of illustrator and portraitist James Montgomery Flagg. Nellie played a vital role in Flagg's early career, supporting him financially and introducing him to high society. Flagg painted many portraits of his beautiful wife, creating his signature "Flagg girls" after her image. He offered this description of Nellie and his ideal of female beauty: "She should be tall, with wide shoulders; a face as symmetrical as a Greek vase; thick, wavy hair…thick, long lashes; straight nose tipped up a bit at the end; her eyes so full of feminine allure that your heart skips a beat when you gaze into them. But physical beauty is not enough. To be really beautiful a woman must have certain fundamental qualities of spirit-serenity, courage, humor and passion."
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1906
eMuseum Object ID: 
43289
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Frances Wright (1795-1852)

Collections: 
Classification: 
Date: 
1824
Medium: 
Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 
Overall: 16 5/8 x 12 3/4 in. ( 42.2 x 32.4 cm )
Credit Line: 
Purchase, The Abbott-Lenox and Foster-Jarvis funds, and the James S. Cushman Bequest
Object Number: 
1955.263
Gallery Label: 
A native of Scotland, the subject was orphaned as a child and raised in London. She came to America in 1818 with her sister, Camilla, and for two years toured the country. The result was a book, "Views of Society and Manners in America" (1821). In 1829 she settled permanently in New York. She became famous for her radical ideas on which she frequently lectured; she advocated equal rights for women, birth control, the abolition of slavery and capital punishment, and equalization of wealth.
Bibliography: 
The Annual Report of the New-York Historical Society for the Year 1955, 1956, New York, frontispiece, p. 66. Catalogue of American Portraits in the New-York Historical Society, no. 1768, Vol. 2, New Haven: Yale University Press, 1974, pp. 911-2. Horowitz, Helen Lefkowitz, Attitudes toward Sex in Antebellum America, New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2006, p. 11.
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1824
eMuseum Object ID: 
43272
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Mrs. Charles Lennox Wright I (1851-1908)

Classification: 
Date: 
1932
Medium: 
Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 
Overall: 25 x 19 in. ( 63.5 x 48.3 cm )
Credit Line: 
Gift of the artist
Object Number: 
1955.64
Marks: 
signature and date: "Charles Lennox Wright, II, Px 1932"
Gallery Label: 
Charlotte Elizabeth Gardner was the daughter of Dr. Daniel Pereira Gardner and Sarah Ripley (Draper) Gardner. She married Charles Lennox Wright I on September 27, 1875. Her portrait was a gift to the Society from the artist, her son.
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1932
eMuseum Object ID: 
43270
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Charles Lennox Wright I (1852-1901)

Classification: 
Date: 
1930
Medium: 
Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 
Overall: 25 x 19 in. ( 63.5 x 48.3 cm )
Credit Line: 
Gift of the artist
Object Number: 
1955.63
Marks: 
signature and date: lower right: "Charles Lennox Wright I / By C. Lennox Wright II. 1930 Px."
Gallery Label: 
The subject, a native of New York, was, by the age of eighteen, a photographer in Frank Leslie's "Gallery," where photographic portraits of eminent men were transformed into wood-engravings. He experimented continually in the following years until he invented the zinc etching technique, which revolutionized photographic reproduction. Many of his pioneering etchings were presented to the Society by his son, the artist, who also donated this portrait.
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1930
eMuseum Object ID: 
43268
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Mrs. Charles Cushing Wright (1805-1869)

Classification: 
Date: 
1950
Medium: 
Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 
Overall: 25 x 19 in. ( 63.5 x 48.3 cm )
Credit Line: 
Gift of the artist
Object Number: 
1955.68
Marks: 
signature and date: "Charles Lennox Wright. Px 1950"
Gallery Label: 
Lavinia Dorothy Simons, an amateur still-life and portrait painter, was born in Charleston, South Carolina, the daughter of Robert and Mary (Horlbeck) Simons. In 1820 she met and married Charles Cushing Wright, who was then working in Charleston as an engraver; in 1823 the couple moved to New York where they lived the rest of their lives. Mrs. Wright became a teacher, and was an early advocate of women's rights. Her portrait was a gift to the Society from her great-grandson.
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1950
eMuseum Object ID: 
43267
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Charles Cushing Wright (1796-1854)

Classification: 
Date: 
1932
Medium: 
Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 
Overall: 25 x 19 in. ( 63.5 x 48.3 cm )
Credit Line: 
Gift of the artist
Object Number: 
1955.67
Marks: 
signature and date: lower right: "Charles CushingWright / Vet 1812 . . . founded Natl Acad Des / on MDCCCXXV / Charles Lennox Wright II Px. 1932"
Gallery Label: 
A native of Damariscotta, Maine, the subject served an apprenticeship to a silversmith in Utica, New York, learning the techniques of engraving. He established himself in New York City in 1823 and until 1827 was in partnership with Asher B. Durand in the firm of Durand and Wright, Engravers. Like Durand, Wright was of the "First Fifteen," founders of the National Academy of Design. Charles Lennox Wright II, the artist and donor, was the subject's great-grandson.
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1932
eMuseum Object ID: 
43266
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Augustus Wright (1765-1819)

Classification: 
Date: 
ca. 1815
Medium: 
Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 
Overall: 30 x 25 in. ( 76.2 x 63.5 cm )
Credit Line: 
Gift of Howland D. Perrine
Object Number: 
1925.1
Marks: 
label: on back of frame: "Hon. Augustus Wright / born May 8, 1765--died March 28, 1819 / Resided No. 99 Beekman St. / Merchant No. 180 Front St. / Member Columbian Order 1797 / Member New York Assembly 1814-15"
Gallery Label: 
The subject was a New York merchant and sailmaker. He was in business at 180 Front Street with Stephen Allen, later mayor of New York. He was a member of the New York Assembly (1814-15) and the Columbian Order (the Tammany Society). His portrait was a gift to the Society from his great-grandson.
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1815
eMuseum Object ID: 
43231
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Mrs. Albert H. Wright (1837-1898)

Classification: 
Date: 
1859
Medium: 
Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 
Overall: 36 x 29 in. ( 91.4 x 73.7 cm )
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mrs. Cornelius H. Van Ness
Object Number: 
1912.4
Marks: 
signature: right center: "Hoffman / 1859"
Gallery Label: 
Emma Louise Burr was the eldest daughter of Henry A. Burr and Harriet Ann (Riblett) Burr of New York. She was married to Albert H. Wright, a business associate of her father's, on September 25, 1855. She divorced Wright about 1868 and became the second wife of Cornelius Henry Van Ness (1817-1911), a railroad executive; the couple lived on their estate at Cornwall-on-the-Hudson. Van Ness's third wife was the donor of this portrait.
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1859
eMuseum Object ID: 
43228
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Mrs. Melancthon Lloyd Woolsey (1758-1843)

Classification: 
Date: 
ca. 1820
Medium: 
Oil on wood panel
Dimensions: 
Overall: 26 3/8 x 20 1/4 in. ( 67 x 51.4 cm )
Credit Line: 
Bequest of Melancthon Woolsey Campau
Object Number: 
1954.109
Gallery Label: 
Alida Livingston, the daughter of Henry and Susan (Concklin) Livingston was married to Colonel Melancthon Lloyd Woolsey (1758-1819) and spent most of her married life in Plattsburg, on Lake Champlain, where her husband was collector of the port. He had entered the American army as an aide to General George Clinton and married Miss Livingston on March 23, 1779. Her portrait was a gift to the Society from her great-great-grandson.
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1820
eMuseum Object ID: 
43224
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

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