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Great-Grand-Father's Tale of the Revolution—A Portrait of Reverend Zachariah Greene

Artist:
William Sidney Mount (American, Setauket, New York 1807–1868 Setauket, New York)
Date:
1852
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
24 x 20 in. (61 x 50.8 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Purchase, Morris K. Jesup and Maria DeWitt Jesup Funds, Gift of George I. Seney and Bequest of Vera Ruth Miller, by exchange; and Gift of Anita Pohndorff Yates, in memory of her father, F. G. Pohndorff, 1984
Accession Number:
1984.192
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 736
This group portrait of the children of New York businessman Jacob Thuthill Vanderhoof and their maternal grandfather Reverend Zachariah Greene depicts the interior of the Vanderhoof residence at 55 Seventh Street. The family is surrounded by the trappings of a typical upper-middle-class parlor, including a tapestry velvet rug, elegant window draperies, a Rococo Revival armchair, and marble-topped center table. This is the type of parlor that most middle-class Americans would have desired during the mid-nineteenth century.
Signature: [at left on apron of table]: WM S. MOUNT / 1852
Jacob T. Vanderhoof; his daughter, Mary E. Vanderhoof; her daughter, Mary E. Freeman; her daughter, Mrs. Harry D. Yates, Menands, New York, until 1984
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