SAMUEL WALDO AND WILLIAM JEWETT
1783 – 1861 and 1792 – 1874
PORTRAIT OF STEPHEN ALLEN
inscribed Stephen Allen/New York (lower right)
oil on panel
33 by 25 ½ inches
(83.8 by 64.8 cm)
There is frame abrasion at edges and there are some scattered surface accretions. Under UV: the work retains an uneven varnish. There are scattered pindots of inpainting through, to the man's collar and cravat and a dot in the book.
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Hirschl & Adler Galleries, New York, 1974
First National Bank of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, 1975 (acquired from the above)
Acquired by the present owner from the above, 2004
New York, National Academy of Design, A Century and a Half of American Art, 1975, p. 124, illustrated
Born in Brooklyn, New York in 1767, Stephen Allen served as the mayor of New York City from 1821-24. He died in the sinking of the Henry Clay, the deadliest steamship disaster on the Hudson River in history, in 1852.