Colonel Gerardus Beekman, M. D. (1653-1723)
Oil on linen (relined)
Overall: 30 1/8 x 25 in. ( 76.5 x 63.5 cm )
inscription: on back of canvas: "Gerard Beekman / died OCT. 10th 1723 - Aged 72 Years"
The subject was the second son of William Beekman, founder of the American branch of the Beekman family and Catharine (De Boogh) Beekman. The subject was a physician and practiced medicine in Flatbush. As a member of the Leisler government, he was imprisoned for treason in 1691. However, after his release he was promoted to lieutenant colonel and later to full colonel in the militia under Governor Bellomont.
Krohn, Deborah, Peter Miller, and Marybeth De Filippis, eds., "Dutch New York Between East and West: The World of Margrieta van Varick." New York: Bard Graduate Center, New-York Historical Society, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2009, p. 213-5
Gift of Dr. Robert S. Beekman
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