Mrs. Samuel Barker Harper (1777-1862)
Oil on canvas
Overall: 36 x 29 in. ( 91.4 x 73.7 cm )
stencil: on reverse of canvas: "Prepared By/Edward Dechaux/New York."
Christina Arcularius was the wife of prominent New York City grocer Samuel B. Harper. Her father, Philip Jacob Arcularius (1747-1825), emigrated from Germany to New York City and worked as a baker with his brothers, supplying bread to soldiers during the Revolution. After his marriage to Elizabeth Grim, Arcularius entered his wife's family's tanning business and soon thereafter began a career in local politics, first as assistant alderman and then as state assemblyman. Christina's remarkable Biblical sampler, made in 1792, survives at the Historical Society (1957.208). Christina had eight children, three of whom died in infancy. She lived to be eighty-three years old.
Bequest of Lathrop Colgate Harper
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