Lewis Morris (1698-1762)
Oil on canvas
Overall: 30 1/4 x 25 in. ( 76.8 x 63.5 cm )
The subject, the eldest son of Lewis Morris (1671-1746), was the second Lord of Morrisania Manor and judge of the vice-admiralty court for the provinces of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. He inherited large tracts of land in New York from his father. In 1722 he became a member of Governor Burnet's council and in 1737 was chosen speaker of the New York provincial assembly, in which he served until 1750. His second wife, Sarah Gouverneur, was the mother of Gouverneur Morris.
Logan, Eleanor, "Portraits of Our Forefathers," American Collector, Vol. 12, no. 6, July, 1943, n.p Sawitzky, Susan, "Thomas McIlworth," The New-York Historical Society Quarterly, April 1951, pp. 117-39. Catalogue of American Portraits in The New-York Historical Society, New Haven: Yale University Press, Vol. II, 1974, p. 555. Curran, Ona, Thomas McIlworth: Colonial New York Portrait Painter, Esperance, NY: Art Book Press, 2007, p. 58.
Gift of a granddaughter of Lewis Morris, through William A. Whitehead
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