Mrs. Robert Lenox (1763-1843)
Oil on canvas
Overall: 36 1/4 x 28 in. ( 92.1 x 71.1 cm ) Frame: 45 1/4 x 37 1/2 x 3 1/2 in. (114.9 x 95.3 x 8.9 cm)
inscription on label: on stretcher: "Rachel Carmer / wife of Robert Lenox / painted by Trumbull"
Rachel Carmer was the daughter of Nicholas Carmer, who was a cabinetmaker and hardware merchant in New York. She married Robert Lenox in 1783. The original of this portrait of her and its companion of her husband were painted by Trumbull in New York in 1805. The pair of replicas bequeathed to the Society by Mr. Belknap was painted the following year for another member of the family. Both originals now hang in the Lenox Collection of the New York Public Library.
Sizer, Theodore, The Works of Colonel John Trumbull: Artist of the American Revolution, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1967, pp. 10, 49. Catalogue of American Portraits in The New-York Historical Society, New Haven: Yale University Press, Vol. 1, 1974, pp. 452-3. Jaffe, Irma B., John Trumbull: Patriot-Artist of the American Revolution, Boston: New York Graphic Society, 1975, pp. 212, 311 Cooper, Helen A., John Trumbull: The Hand and Spirit of a Painter, New Haven: Yale University Art Gallery, 1982, p. 162.
Bequest of Waldron Phoenix Belknap, Jr.
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