Horatio Gates (1728/29-1806)
Black and white chalk, charcoal, black pastel, with touches of white gouache on prepared card
Overall: 23 x 17 in. ( 58.4 x 43.2 cm )
signature and date: at lower left:"Chappel 57"
Inscribed at lower left in charcoal: "Chappel 57"; at lower center outside image: "Gen--Gates"; verso inscribed illegibly with measurements in graphite; verso inscribed at lower right vertically with partially legible matting instructions
Gates was born in England and enlisted in the British army as a youth. He came to America in 1772 and purchased land in what is now West Virginia. Although by then a major in the British army he joined the cause of the Colonies when the Revolution broke out and was given the rank of brigadier general in the Continental Army, in which uniform he is pictured. In 1790 he sold his plantation in Virginia, freed his slaves, and moved to New York. He served in the New York state legislature in 1800-01.
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