William Henry Macy (1805-1887)
Pastel on paper
Overall: 36 x 29 in. ( 91.4 x 73.7 cm )
Inscribed and signed at lower right in pastel: "Frederichs. / G. Gerhard. / 1881"
The subject was born at Nantucket, Mass., the eldest son of Josiah Macy, a merchant captain. In 1828 he and his father founded the shipping and commission house of Josiah Macy and Son in New York. In 1845 William Macy began his banking career when he became a director of the Leather Manufacturer's Bank; three years later he was made a trustee of the Seamen's Bank of Savings, and he later served as its president. He was a benefactor of New York and Roosevelt hospitals.
Bequest of Mrs. Sarah Brewster Marwick, his granddaughter
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