Henry Cruger (1739-1827): Silhouette
Black prepared paper cut-out, mounted on card
card: 4 3/4 x 3 1/8 in. ( 12.1 x 7.9 cm ) image height: 3 in. ( 7.6 cm )
stamped: on back: "Cut with Scissors / BY / MASTER HUBARD, / WITHOUT / Drawing or Machine." inscribed: on back: "H. Cruger Esq."
Verso inscribed in graphite: "H. Cruger Esqr."; stamped: "Cut with Scissors / BY / MASTER HUBARD / WITHOUT / Drawing or Machine."
Silhouette: Bust of male subject in right-facing profile; cut by hand from black paper and mounted on cream board
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.
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