De Peyster Boy, with a Dog
Oil on canvas
Overall: 50 1/4 x 41 in. ( 127.6 x 104.1 cm )
The subject of this portrait is perhaps Abraham De Peyster (1723-34), a son of Abraham De Peyster, Jr., and Margareta (Van Cortlandt) De Peyster of New York. It is possible that the portrait was painted after the boy's death, as was often the case with portraits of children in colonial America. Like numerous other portraits of the period, it was based on an English mezzotint. In this instance the print was one by John Smith (1701) after a painting by Sir Godfrey Kneller.
Olson, Roberta J. M. "A selection of European paintings and objects." The Magazine Antiques 167 (2005): 182-187.
Bequest of Catherine Augusta De Peyster
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