John Bryan (1765-1849)

Object Number: 
ca. 1815
Oil on panel
Overall: 30 x 23 5/8 x 3/8 in. ( 76.2 x 60 x 1 cm )
In this portrait of Bryan, he is represented in a brown fur-lined coat with another fur hanging on the wall at the right, a reference to his profession. a prominent merchant and farmer who traded extensively with John Jacob Astor between 1813 and 1815. By 1833 his son, Francis, who later became an alderman, had joined his firm. John Bryan was an original director of Mechanics and Farmers Bank, Albany.
Gallery Label: 
The painting is attributed to Ames on the basis of style; the technical rendering of the head; especially, suggests that artist, who had by 1815 been active in Albany for many years. The painting is not listed, however, in Bolton and Cortelyou's Ezra Ames of Albany, 1955, the definite catalog of Ames' work.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Nanette Bryan
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group