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Charles Wilkes (1764-1833)

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Wood, wax, and paint
Overall: 7 3/8 x 6 7/8 x 3 7/8 in. ( 18.7 x 17.5 x 9.8 cm )
signed: across back of proper right shoulder: "Ball Hughes. sculpt. 1830" brass plaque: on front of pedestal: "CHARLES WILKES (1764-1833)/ FIRST TREASURER OF THE NEW YORK HISTORICAL SOCIETY/ BY BALL HUGHES, 1830/ PRESENTED BY HARRY M. BLAND, 1925"
Portrait bust.
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Wilkes came to America from his native London about 1782 and two years later was one of the men who organized the Bank of New York. He was the first treasurer of The New-York Historical Society, serving from 1805-18.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mr. Harry MacNeil Bland
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group