Announcement

Due to a private event, the New-York Historical Society will be closed from Wednesday, October 27 – Friday, October 29. We'll reopen at 11 am ET on Saturday, October 30.

John Godfrey Saxe (1816-1887)

Object Number: 
1956.107
Date: 
ca. 1845
Medium: 
Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 
Overall: 30 1/8 x 25 1/4 in. ( 76.5 x 64.1 cm )
Gallery Label: 
The subject, a native of Vermont and a graduate of Middlebury College (1839), initially pursued a career in law, but ultimately established his reputation as a writer of humorous verse. Several books of his poetry were published, including "Clever Stories of Many Nations Rendered in Rhyme" (1865) and "Leisure Day Rhymes" (1875). Saxe lived in Albany and in Brooklyn in the 1860s and 70s; he died in Albany in 1887. His portrait was a gift to the Society from his granddaughter-in-law.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mrs. John Godfrey Saxe
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group