Rip Van Dam (ca. 1660-1749)
Oil on canvas lined to wood panel
Overall: 30 1/4 x 25 1/2 in. ( 76.8 x 64.8 cm )
Rip Van Dam, the son of Claas Ripse and Maria (Bords) Van Dam, was born in Fort Orange (Albany), New York. As a young man he became a merchant and a shipbuilder and a shipowner. When Lord Cornbury (see Edward Hyde) arrived in 1702 as governor of New York, Van Dam was named to the provincial council, a post he held for over thirty years. His portrait was a gift to the Society from his great-great-granddaughter.
Morgan, John Hill, Early American Painters: Illustrated by Examples in the Collection of The New-York Historical Society, New York: New-York Historical Society, 1921, pp. 19-20. Catalogue of American Portraits in The New-York Historical Society, New Haven: Yale University Press, Vol. II, 1974, p. 823.
Gift of Mrs. Emily Verplanck Goodwin
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