Richard Riker (1773-1842): Silhouette
Black ink and wash and gouache on card laid on board
image height: 3 1/2 in. ( 8.9 cm ) Overall: 4 3/4 x 3 1/4 in. ( 12.1 x 8.3 cm )
inscriptions: on paper found with object: "Possibly by / Thomas Edwards" and "Riker, RICHARD"
Silhouette: Bust of male subject in left-facing profile; silhouette painted in dark gray on beige board with details of hair and costume painted in black, light gray, and white; rectangular support mounted on second, slightly larger piece of cardboard.
A descendant of Abraham Rycken who came from Holland to settle at Bowery Bay, Long Island, in 1638, the subject was the son of John Lawrence and Lavinia (Smith) Riker. He practiced law in New York and served as district attorney for Westchester and Queens counties from 1802 to 1812, and beginning in the latter year served two decades as recorder of the City of New York. Riker's Island in the East River bears the family name.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.