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James Kent (1763-1847)

Classification: 
Date: 
1840
Medium: 
Painted plaster
Dimensions: 
Overall: 26 x 16 x 10 1/4 in. ( 66 x 40.6 x 26 cm )
Description: 
Portrait bust.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mr. John Jay
Object Number: 
1840.4
Marks: 
brass plaque: "JAMES KENT/SHOBAL V. CLEVENGER/PRESENTED BY JOHN JAY, Nov. 3, 1840"
Gallery Label: 
Kent was born in Fredericksburgh, New York, the son of Moss and Hannah (Rogers) Kent. He practiced law first in Poughkeepsie, New York, and later in New York City. His career on the bench began with his appointment to the New York Supreme Court in 1798; he became chief judge six years later. From 1814 to 1823, when he retired, Kent was chancellor of the New York Court of Chancery. He was elected an honorary member of The New-York Historical Society in 1813 and its fifth president in 1828.
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1840
eMuseum Object ID: 
41118
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

George Clinton (1739-1812)

Classification: 
Date: 
1792
Medium: 
Off-white painted terracotta
Dimensions: 
Overall: 9 1/2 x 27 1/2 x 21 1/2 in., 80 lb. (24.1 x 69.9 x 54.6 cm, 36.3 kg)
Description: 
Portrait bust
Object Number: 
X.42
Gallery Label: 
George Clinton, seven times governor of New York (1777-95 and 1801-04) and twice vice-president of the United States (1805-12), was a leading political figure from the period of the Revolution to the War of 1812. This is Ceracchi's original bust of Clinton, modeled about the same time the sculptor executed the bust of John Jay which is now in the U.S. Supreme Court Bldg. in Washington. Both Clinton and Jay sat for Ceracchi in New York.
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1792
eMuseum Object ID: 
41066
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Elisha Kent Kane, M. D. (1820-1857)

Classification: 
Date: 
1857
Medium: 
Painted plaster
Dimensions: 
Overall: 28 x 19 x 12 in. ( 71.1 x 48.3 x 30.5 cm )
Description: 
Portrait bust.
Credit Line: 
Gift of the Reverend Francis L. Hawks
Object Number: 
1859.4
Marks: 
signed: "Peter Reniers. Scul-tor Philad d" inscribed: across back below cape: "1857" inscribed: underneath socle: "S-40" [old N-YHS #]
Gallery Label: 
Dr. Kane, famous Arctic explorer, was born in Philadelphia to John Kintzing Kane and Jane Duval (Leiper) Kane. His world travels began with his assignments to medical missions in China and in Africa. He served in the Mexican War in which he was wounded and contracted typhus, but by 1850 he had returned to duty with an expedition sent to the Arctic to search for a missing British explorer. The story of this journey is told in "The U.S. Grinnell Expedition in Search of Sir John Franklin" (1853).
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1857
eMuseum Object ID: 
41035
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Mrs. John Rogers, Sr. (1805-1877)

Classification: 
Date: 
1874
Medium: 
Painted plaster
Dimensions: 
Overall: 11 1/2 x 8 1/4 x 5 1/4 in. ( 29.2 x 21 x 13.3 cm )
Description: 
Portrait bust
Credit Line: 
Gift of Katherine Rebecca Rogers
Object Number: 
1955.57
Gallery Label: 
Sarah Ellen Derby was the daughter of John Derby and the granddaughter of Elias Hasket Derby, merchants of Salem. She was married to John Rogers, a Boston merchant, and was the mother of John Rogers, the genre sculptor. This portrait bust was a gift to the Society from her granddaughter.
Bibliography: 
Wallace, David H., John Rogers, The People's Sculptor, Middleton, CT: Wesleyan University Press, 1967, pp. 4, 8-9, 11-3, 15, 20, 34, 41-2, 179-80, 200. 204, 206, 236, 240-1, 274. Catalogue of American Portraits in The New-York Historical Society, New Haven: Yale University Press, Vol. II, 1974, p. 675.
Date Begin: 
1874
Date End: 
1874
eMuseum Object ID: 
38417
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Case of miniature silhouettes

Classification: 
Date: 
1825-1900
Medium: 
Ivory, baleen
Dimensions: 
case: 5 3/4 x 7/8 in. ( 14.6 x 2.2 cm )
Description: 
Turned and pierced cylindrical scrimshaw case containing approximately forty scrimshaw pieces about four to four and half inches high; some are painted silhouettes of soldiers, arms and birds; most have numbers written on reverse in black ink.
Object Number: 
INV.9341a-mmm
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1900
eMuseum Object ID: 
37703
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

George Mitchell (1828-1889)

Classification: 
Date: 
1866
Medium: 
Painted and overpainted plaster/compostion
Dimensions: 
Overall: 29 1/4 x 17 1/4 x 11 in. ( 74.3 x 43.8 x 27.9 cm )
Description: 
Portrait bust.
Credit Line: 
Gift of the New York Caledonian Club
Object Number: 
1934.50
Marks: 
inscriptions: Signed on back: "Wm Butchert/ Sc. 1866"
Gallery Label: 
Mitchell was the chief of the New York Caledonian Club in 1865, 1866, and 1870. He was quartermaster of the 79th (New York Highland) Regiment.
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1866
eMuseum Object ID: 
36784
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Giovanni da Verrazzano (?)

Classification: 
Date: 
ca. 1880-1920
Medium: 
Glazed and unglazed ceramic
Dimensions: 
Overall: 24 x 18 3/4 x 9 3/4 in. ( 61 x 47.6 x 24.8 cm )
Description: 
Portrait bust.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mr. George A. Zabriskie
Object Number: 
1942.265[dup]
Gallery Label: 
The subject is thought to be the Italian navigator who on his famous voyages of 1524-28 was the first European to observe, explore, and describe the coast of North America. No life portraits of the subject are extant or documented. Though unsigned, the bust resembles work produced by Minghetti, a majolica factory in Bologna, Italy, active in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1920
eMuseum Object ID: 
35354
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Archibald McVickar (1789-1851)

Classification: 
Date: 
1815
Medium: 
Ivory, wood, glass, painting, and guilding
Dimensions: 
Overall: 2 1/2 x 1 5/8 in. ( 6.4 x 4.1 cm )
Description: 
Bas-relief portrait.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mr. John Archibald Devereux and Mr. Walter Evans Devereux
Object Number: 
1939.552
Marks: 
signed: under shoulder: "Valaperta"
Gallery Label: 
The subject, the second son of John McVickar (1759-1812) of County Antrim, Ireland, and Ann (Moore) McVickar, was born in New York. He received his A.B. from Columbia College in 1802, then studied at Peterhouse, Cambridge, England. He was an attorney with offices at 50 Wall Street. His portrait was a gift to the Society from his grandson and great-grandson.
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1815
eMuseum Object ID: 
34871
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

Classification: 
Date: 
1860
Medium: 
Bronze
Dimensions: 
Overall: 9 x 7 1/2 x 6 in. ( 22.9 x 19 x 15.2 cm )
Description: 
Dark brown patinated bronze
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mrs. John V. Irwin
Object Number: 
1939.583
Marks: 
inscriptions: on back under chin: "copyright 1886 by Leonard W. Volk" inscribed: on back: "THIS CAST WAS MADE FOR PAYSON MERRILL, A SUBSCRIBER TO THE FUND FOR THE PURCHASE AND PRESENTATION TO THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT OF THE ORIGINAL MASK MADE IN CH
Gallery Label: 
Sculptor Leonard Volk first became acquainted with Lincoln in 1858 when invited to travel with Lincoln's entourage on the train that took him and Stephen A. Douglas on their legendary debating tour. Lincoln promised then that when he came to Chicago, where Volk had his studio, he would pose for a portrait bust. In the spring of 1860, Leonard Volk captured Lincoln's famous image in a plaster life mask, which he later used to create a bust and a full-length statue for the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield. Upon seeing the mask, Lincoln said to Volk: "There is the animal himself." This hauntingly realistic bronze cast was made in 1886 from the original plaster mask.
Bibliography: 
Holzer, Harold and The New-York Historical Society. "The Civil War in 50 Objects." New York: Viking, 2013.
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1860
eMuseum Object ID: 
34476
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Theodore Allen (1800-1850)

Classification: 
Date: 
ca. 1836
Medium: 
Wood, shell cameo, gold, silver, velvet, and glass
Dimensions: 
Overall: 2 1/8 x 1 1/2 x 1/2 in. ( 5.4 x 3.8 x 1.3 cm )
Description: 
Bas-relief portrait: Cameo is housed in wooden arch-shaped case beneath glass and against aquamarine velvet; the case opens with two hinged doors carved with interlocking scrolling vines, with a medallion at the center as a handle (attached to one door only).
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mr. Jonathan Sturges
Object Number: 
1870.2
Marks: 
engraved: silver plate on back of housing reads: "Theodore Allen was the son in law of Luman Reed, The founder of this gallery, and was largely instrumental in collecting the works of Art contained therein". engraved: on silver strip below cameo: "Theod
Gallery Label: 
According to Charlotte Gere, independent scholar, and James Draper, Kravis Curator of European Decorative Arts, Metropolitan Museum of Art, this cameo may be possibly by Giovanni Dies, who was the "greatest portrait cutter in shell" of cameos. Per visit with Stephen Edidin and Marybeth De Filippis on March 23, 2007. Charlott Gere will follow up on this. According to unsubstantiated tradition, this cameo was carved in Rome under the supervision of Bertel Thorwaldsen. Theodore Allen (ca. 1800-1850) was the son in law of Luman Reed. Although not an artist himself, he was connected with New York artistic activities. He was an honorary member of the National Academy of Design from 1838 until his death and was active in creating Luman Reed's collection which became the New York Gallery of Fine Arts.
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1836
eMuseum Object ID: 
34213
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

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