Reverend Leonard Cutting (1724-1794)
Watercolor, charcoal, and black chalk on grayish brown paper
Overall: 9 x 7 in. ( 22.9 x 17.8 cm ) mat: 13 x 9 1/2 in. ( 33 x 24.1 cm )
inscribed and dated: lower: "Reverend Leonard Cutting Hempstead 1779"
Inscribed at lower center outside image in brown ink: "Reverand Leonard Cutting / Hempstead -- 1779"
The subject, the son of Leonard Cutting and Dorothy (Crowe) Cutting of Norfolk, England, came to America about 1750 and first managed plantations in Virginia and New Jersey. He was ordained a priest in the Church of England in the 1760s and thereafter served as a missionary in Brunswick, N.J. He became rector of St. George's Church, Hempstead, L. I., in 1766. His portrait is one of the earliest American profile portraits, a form that reached in zenith years later in work of Saint-Mémin.
Gift of Mrs. Bayard James, from the Estate of her mother, Mrs. William Bayard Cutting
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