George Coggeshall (1784-1861)
Oil on canvas
Overall: 30 x 25 in. ( 76.2 x 63.5 cm )
George Coggeshall was the son of William and Eunice (Mallett) Coggeshall. His father was a shipmaster, and young George followed him to sea as a cabin boy in 1799 on a voyage to Cadiz. He was given his first command in 1809 and was the captain of two privateers in the War of 1812. After the war Coggeshall became a captain of merchant vessels. This is one of Daniel Huntington's earliest portraits. He would later emerge as a leader in the field of American portraiture.
Catalogue of American Portraits in The New-York Historical Society, New Haven: Yale University Press, Vol. 1, 1974, p. 153.
Gift of the family of George Coggeshall, through Mrs. A. Kay Womrath
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