Robert Lenox (1759-1839)
Oil on canvas
Overall: 36 1/4 x 28 in. ( 92.1 x 71.1 cm ) Frame: 47 x 37 1/4 x 3 1/4 in. (119.4 x 94.6 x 8.3 cm)
label: on back: "Robert Lenox / painted by Trumbull"
The subject, the son of James and Elizabeth (Sproat) Lenox, was born in Kirkcudbright, Scotland, and came to America just prior to the Revolution. A prosperous merchant, he served as president of the New York Chamber of Commerce from 1826 to 1839. Trumbull made this copy of an earlier portrait of his when Lenox was the height of his career; the original is in the Lenox Collection of the New York Public Library.
Sizer, Theodore, The Works of Colonel John Trumbull: Artist of the American Revolution, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1967, pp. 10, 49. Catalogue of American Portraits in The New-York Historical Society, New Haven: Yale University Press, Vol. 1, 1974, pp. 451-2. Jaffe, Irma B., John Trumbull: Patriot-Artist of the American Revolution, Boston: New York Graphic Society, 1975, pp. 212, 310-2 Cooper, Helen A., John Trumbull: The Hand and Spirit of a Painter, New Haven: Yale University Art Gallery, 1982, pp. 162-3.
Bequest of Waldron Phoenix Belknap, Jr.
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