Frederic De Peyster

  • George Edwin Bissell, Frederic De Peyster, modeled ca. 1875, bronze, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of John Watts De Peyster, XX78

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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.

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“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

Title
Frederic De Peyster
Artist
Founder
Date
modeled ca. 1875
On View
Dimensions
12 x 11 x 7 in. (30.4 x 27.9 x 17.7 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of John Watts De Peyster

Mediums
Mediums Description
bronze
Classifications
Keywords
  • Occupation – military – colonel
  • Occupation – law – lawyer
  • Portrait male – De Peyster, Frederic – bust
Object Number
XX78
Palette
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