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Frederic De Peyster

modeled ca. 1875 George Edwin Bissell Born: New Preston, Connecticut 1839 Died: Mount Vernon, New York 1920 E. Gruet Jeune (Founder) bronze 12 x 11 x 7 in. (30.4 x 27.9 x 17.7 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of John Watts De Peyster XX78 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 17A


Luce Center Quote

“The venerable Mr. Frederic De Peyster . . . was a man of singular uprightness and purity of character, a broad philanthropist, and an ardent lover of art and literature.” Harper’s Weekly

Luce Center Label

Frederic De Peyster (1796-1882) was a graduate of Columbia College and a member of the New York Bar. In 1837 he inherited such a great fortune that he devoted the rest of his life to charitable causes. At the time of his death the “industrious pamphleteer and popular speaker” was president of the New-York Historical Society and the New York Society Library. This animated portrait was commissioned posthumously by the lawyer’s son John. De Peyster’s clenched jaw and furrowed brow convey the determination and integrity noted in memorial tributes at the time of his death.

Keywords

Occupation - law - lawyer

Occupation - military - colonel

Occupation - other - philanthropist

Portrait male - De Peyster, Frederic - bust

sculpture

metal - bronze

cast

About George Edwin Bissell

Born: New Preston, Connecticut 1839 Died: Mount Vernon, New York 1920

About E. Gruet Jeune

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