David Sproat (1734-1799)
Oil on millboard
Overall: 14 1/2 x 9 1/2 in. ( 36.8 x 24.1 cm )
Sproat came to America from Scotland, and established himself as a prosperous merchant in Philadelphia in the years before the Revolutionary War. As a Loyalist, he moved to New York during the British occupation (1777-79), and served as commissary general of naval prisoners of war in North America. This is a posthumous copy of an earlier portrait, painted in 1788 by an unidentified artist. The original, executed in Scotland or England, is now in the Lenox Collection, New York Public Library.
Sizer, Theodore, The Works of Colonel John Trumbull: Artist of the American Revolution, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1967, p. 68. Catalogue of American Portraits in The New-York Historical Society, New Haven: Yale University Press, Vol. 2, 1974, pp. 750-1.
Bequest of Waldron Phoenix Belknap, Jr.
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