The Right Reverend Henry Codman Potter (1835-1908)
Oil on canvas
canvas: 96 x 54 in. ( 243.8 x 137.2 cm )
The subject, a Protestant Episcopal clergyman, was born in Schenectady, New York. After graduating from the Virginia Theological Seminary he held pastorates in Troy, New York (1859-66), at Trinity Church, Boston (1866-68), and at Grace Church, New York (1868-83). As bishop of New York (1887-1908) he was a major figure in the campaign against corruption in the city, and he carried on the building of the cathedral of St. John the Divine, having laid the cornerstone in 1892.
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Gift of Edmund B. Child
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