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Lieutenant John Trumbull Ray

ca. 1830 Thomas Seir Cummings Born: Bath, England 1804 Died: Hackensack, New Jersey 1894 Copy after Andrew Robertson Born: Aberdeen, Scotland 1777 Died: London, England 1845 watercolor on ivory sight 3 1/8 x 2 1/2 in. (8.0 x 6.2 cm) oval Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase through the Catherine Walden Myer Fund 1942.11.9 Not currently on view


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John Trumbull Ray was the illegitimate son of Captain John Trumbull, one of colonial America’s leading portrait painters. Following the death of his first love, Trumbull had an affair with one of his brother’s servants, a woman named Temperance Ray. She bore a son in 1792 who strongly resembled Trumbull. Trumbull provided money for the boy’s upbringing, passing him off as his “nephew.” Against his father’s wishes, Ray enlisted in the British army in 1812, and served in the Peninsular War under Wellington. In 1814 he was made lieutenant, and arranged to have Andrew Robertson, a leading Scottish miniaturist, paint his portrait. Thomas Seir Cummings made two copies of that miniature, one of which is on display here.

Keywords

Occupation - military - captain

Portrait male - Ray, John Trumbull - bust

painting - miniature

paint - watercolor

ivory

About Thomas Seir Cummings

Born: Bath, England 1804 Died: Hackensack, New Jersey 1894

About Copy after Andrew Robertson

Born: Aberdeen, Scotland 1777 Died: London, England 1845

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