James Codwise (b. 1772)
Oil on canvas
Overall: 30 1/8 x 24 1/8 in. ( 76.5 x 61.3 cm )
The subject of this portrait was the son of George Codwise (d. 1816), a New York merchant and shipowner, and Anna Maria (Van Raust) Codwise (1740-1805). Trumbull arrived in New York City ca. 1805 determined to establish himself as a portrait painter. His major works of the period were full-length portraits of John Jay and Alexander Hamilton, commissioned by the City Council. He also painted a number of portraits of prosperous New York merchants, including portraits of James Codwise and his wife.
Sizer, Theodore, The Works of Colonel John Trumbull: Artist of the American Revolution, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1967, p. 27. Catalogue of American Portraits in The New-York Historical Society, New Haven: Yale University Press, Vol. 1, 1974, pp. 151-2.
Gift of Waldron Phoenix Belknap, Jr.
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