Henry Dexter (1813-1910)
Oil on canvas
canvas: 52 x 40 in. ( 132.1 x 101.6 cm ) frame: 66 1/4 x 54 1/4 x 5 1/2 in. ( 168.3 x 137.8 x 14 cm )
signature and date: lower right: "C. Ayer Whipple / 1903"
A native of West Cambridge, Mass., Henry Dexter moved to New York in 1836 where he was employed in a hardware business, but six years later gave that up to go into marketing and distribution of books and magazines. In 1864 he organized the American News Co., of which he was president for many years. He became a member of N-YHS in 1863, and in 1904 partly financed the construction of the Society's new home on Central Park West. The main exhibition area on the second floor is named for Dexter.
Gift of Henry Dexter
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