James Rivington, Sr. (c. 1724-1802)
Pastel on gray paper, laid on canvas, nailed to a strainer
Overall: 24 x 17 7/8 in. (61 x 45.4 cm)
Signed and dated: at right: "F. Cotes Pxt / 1756"
Signed and inscribed at the lower right in pastel: "FCotes Pxt. / 1756"
Publisher and bookseller James Rivington immigrated to America from England in 1760 and settled in Philadelphia. He had bookstores in New York and Boston as well as Philadelphia; he published "Rivington's New-York Gazetteer" (1773-75) and "Rivington's New York Loyal Gazette," later called "The Royal Gazette" (1777-83). This portrait was drawn in England about four years before he came to America.
Gift of Mrs. Augustus Van Horne Ellis
Descent through sitter's family, Susan Rivington, daughter, 1825; Eliza Van Horne Ellis, her neice; John Stoneacre, her son; Augustus Van Horne Ellis; Mrs Augustus Van Horne Ellis, New York City
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