George Bruce (1781-1866)
Oil on canvas
Overall: 36 x 29 1/4 in. ( 91.4 x 74.3 cm )
signature and date: lower right: "D. Huntington 1866"
Bruce, a typefounder and printer, was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, and came to America in 1795. He became a printer's apprentice in Philadelphia and by 1803 was printer and publisher of the "Daily Advertiser" in New York. He and his brother subsequently opened a book-printing house on Pearl Street and a type foundry on Chambers Street. Bruce was president of the Mechanics' Institute of New York and of the New York Type-founders' Assn.; he was also a member of the New-York Historical Society.
Catalogue of American Portraits in The New-York Historical Society, New Haven: Yale University Press, Vol. 1, 1974, p. 102.
Bequest of Matilda Wolfe Bruce
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