Preserved Fish (1766-1846)

Object Number: 
ca. 1830
Oil on canvas
Overall: 41 1/4 × 33 1/4 in. (104.8 × 84.5 cm) Framed: 49 1/2 × 41 1/2 × 4 1/4 in. (125.7 × 105.4 × 10.8 cm)
Gallery Label: 
A descendant of Thomas Fish who had settled in New England in 1643, Preserved Fish was born in Portsmouth, R.I., the son of a blacksmith of the same unusual name. He moved to New York and with three associates from New Bedford, the Grinnell brothers, organized the firm of Fish and Grinnell in 1815, originally dealing in whale oil; later it became one of the leading mercantile houses in the city. From 1836 to his death, Fish was president of the Tradesmen's Bank of New York.
Credit Line: 
Gift of the Tradesmen's Bank of New York
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group