The Reverend John Callaghan (1776/77-1800)
Watercolor on ivory
Overall: 2 3/4 x 2 1/4 in. ( 7 x 5.7 cm )
inscription: on back: "Revd./ John Callaghan/dided April 14th 1800/in his 24th year/In/memory of whom, this/tribute of gratitude & esteem/is presented to the family of/Nicho W. Stuyvesant Esq/by his/afflicted mother."
The subject of this portrait was a protégé of Dr. Robert Smith, bishop of South Carolina, who ordained him deacon. Callaghan (or Callahan) preached occasionally at St. Mark's in the Bowery, and was offered the rectorship of the newly established parish in February 1800. He accepted and returned to South Carolina to be ordained to the priesthood. He was killed there in a carriage accident that April.
Gift of the Henry Dudley Family, through Fannie G. Dudley
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.