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PRIVATE COLLECTIONS OF TWO NEW JERSEY FAMILIES

Charles Balthazar Julien Fevret de Saint-Mémin (1770 - 1852)
PAIR OF PORTRAITS: SOLOMON AND REUBEN ETTING
Estimate
25,00035,000
LOT SOLD. 112,500 USD
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PRIVATE COLLECTIONS OF TWO NEW JERSEY FAMILIES

Charles Balthazar Julien Fevret de Saint-Mémin (1770 - 1852)
PAIR OF PORTRAITS: SOLOMON AND REUBEN ETTING
Estimate
25,00035,000
LOT SOLD. 112,500 USD
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Details & Cataloguing

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Charles Balthazar Julien Fevret de Saint-Mémin (1770 - 1852)
PAIR OF PORTRAITS: SOLOMON AND REUBEN ETTING
Charcoal and chalk on paper
21 1/2 by 16 in.; 22 by 16 1/2 in.
likely Philadelphia
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Provenance

Each by descent from the sitter to Emlen Etting (1869-1905);
Robert Carlen Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Exhibited

Reuben Etting-
Washington, D.C., Daughter's of the American Revolution Museum, The Jewish Community in Early America: 1654 - 1830, December 10, 1980 - March 31, 1981;
Philadelphia, Museum of American Jewish History, A Philadelphia Sampler: Art and Artifacts from Jewish Collections, March 1, 1981 - January 3, 1982, no. 207. 

Literature

Robert Carlen Gallery Advertisement, Magazine Antiques, vol. 69, February 1956, p. 122;
Hannah R. London, "The Saint-Memin Portraits of Solomon and Reuben Etting," The Magazine Antiques, vol. 76, July 1959, pp. 54-55;
Ellen G. Miles, Saint-Memin and the Neoclassical Portrait in America, (Washington, D.C.: National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian Institution Press, 1994), p. 299, no. 309 and 310.
Reuben Etting -
Cipora O. Schwartz, An American Jewish Odyssey: American Religious Freedom and The Nathan Barnert Memorial Temple, (Newark, New Jersey: KTAV Publishing House, Inc., 2007), p. 2. 

Catalogue Note

Solomon Etting (1764–1847) was a merchant and politician of Jewish faith in Baltimore, Maryland. Before moving to Baltimore in 1791, Etting lived in York and Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Etting followed another Jewish immigrant, Jacob Henry, in the endeavor to attain public office. North Carolina denied public office to all non-Protestants, when in 1809, Henry made a speech which became famous, asserting his inalienable right to sit in the state’s House of Commons, and the House took his part. Henry asked, "Will you drive from your shores and from the shelter of your constitution all who do not lay their oblations on the same altar, observe the same ritual, and subscribe to the same dogmas? If so, which among the various sects into which we are divided shall be the favored one?"

Reuben Etting (1762-1848) chose a military career and was commissioned (1798) first captain of the Independent Blues. In 1801 he was appointed United States marshal for Maryland by Thomas Jefferson.

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