Fitz-Greene Halleck (1790-1867)

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Oil on canvas
Overall: 36 x 29 in. ( 91.4 x 73.7 cm )
signature and date: at bottom: "T. Hicks / 1855"
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A native of Connecticut, Halleck came to New York in 1811 and became associated with a group of literary men, with one of whom, Joseph Rodman Drake, he wrote in 1819 a series of articles for the New York "Evening Post." His fame was established that year with the publication of "Fanny," a satire on the follies of society. Halleck was later employed as confidential secretary to John Jacob Astor; when Astor died in 1848 he left Halleck an annuity, allowing him to resume his career as an author.
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Gift of the Heirs of Benjamin Robert Winthrop, through his grandson, Bronson Winthrop
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Creative: Tronvig Group