John Cruger: Silhouette
c. 1700 ?
Black ink on beige paper
image height: 2 1/2 in. ( 6.4 cm ) sheet: 4 1/2 x 3 1/8 in. ( 11.4 x 7.9 cm )
inscription: below bust: "John Cruger. / in London."
Inscribed at lower center in brown ink: "John Cruger. / in London."
Silhouette: Bust of boy in left-facing profile, in gouache on oval piece of paper with inscription in ink below portrait.
This portrait represents John Cruger, Sr. (1677-1744) or a descendant of his. Cruger, of German extraction, probably came to New York from Bristol, England, in 1698. He prospered in the shipping trade, and lived in a fine mansion on Broad Street, some of the furnishings and silver from which are preserved in public and private collections. Cruger was an alderman in New York from 1712 to 1734 and was appointed mayor in 1744, an office he held continuously until his death.
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