Michael A. Reed (ca. 1805-?)
Oil on canvas
Overall: 75 3/4 x 47 1/8 in. ( 192.4 x 119.7 cm )
signed and dated: on card, left: "Backofen N.Y. 1855"
Reed, who was foreman of the Aqueduct Engine Company Number 47, of the volunteer fire department of New York, is surrounded by paraphernalia associated with the fire department in this portrait: in his right hand is a book titled Fire Laws, and on the floor in the lower right are his fireman's hat and his bullhorn.; his watchfob is a miniature fireman's hat.
Gift of the Exempt Firemen's Benevolent Fund Associated of the 23rd and 24th Wards, New York City
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