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Henry Cruger (1739-1827)

Object Number: 
1976.68
Date: 
ca. 1775-90
Medium: 
Oil on linen
Dimensions: 
Overall: 30 1/16 x 25 in. ( 76.4 x 63.5 cm ) Frame: 38 1/4 x 33 1/4 x 3 3/4 in. (97.2 x 84.5 x 9.5 cm)
Marks: 
inscription: on back of canvas: "From H. Cruger Oakley to his sister / M. O. Rhinelander - Afterwards to her son / T. J. Oakley Rhinelander"
Gallery Label: 
The subject was born in New York City, the son of Henry and Elizabeth (Harris) Cruger. His grandfather, John Cruger (1677-1744), was the first of the family to come to America, and served as mayor of New York (1739-1744). In 1757 Henry was sent by his father to the countinghouse in Bristol, England, then a rival of London in the American trade. After serving as mayor of Bristol and as a member of Parliament, he returned to New York around 1790. He was elected to the state senate in 1792.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mr. T. Oakley Rhinelander
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group