The Van Kleek House, Poughkeepsie, New York
Watercolor, black ink, and gouache on card
Overall: 7 x 9 in. ( 17.8 x 22.9 cm ) mat: 11 x 14 in. ( 27.9 x 35.6 cm )
inscription: verso: "View of the 'Van Kleek House,' Poughkeepsie, as it appeared a few weeks before it was demolished in 1835. In it the legislature of the State of New York held its first session in 1788. The sketch was made by me just before it was take
Verso inscribed and signed in brown ink: "View of the 'Van Kleek House' / Poughkeepsie, as it apperaed a few / weeks before it was demolished / om 1835. In it the legislature of the / State of New York held its first session / in 1788. The sketch as made by / me, just before it [sic was] taken down. It / stood on Mill Stret, just above the / present Vassar Street, and was the property of Matthew Vassar Jr./ Benson J. Lossing / Feb. 28, 1858"
This structure was erected in 1702 by Myndert Van Kleek. The following note by the artist appears on a separate piece of cardboard: "The Van Kleek House, Poughkeepsie, Dutchess Co., N.Y. Herein the Committee of Correspondence met in 1775. Herein "Mother Ann," founder of the Shaker Society, was imprisioned in 1776. Herein the first session of the Republican Legislature of the State of New York was held in January 1778. The House was demolished in 1835..."
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