Gilbert Stuart (American, North Kingston, Rhode Island 1755–1828 Boston, Massachusetts)
Oil on canvas
28 5/8 x 23 1/2 in. (72.7 x 59.7 cm)
Bequest of Richard De Wolfe Brixey, 1943
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 724
Born in Dublin, William Kerin Constable (1752–1803) emigrated to America and settled in New York, where he engaged in the international trade that dominated Baltimore’s burgeoning economy. In 1784, he became a founding partner of the firm Constable, Rucke and Company, which outfitted the first American vessel to trade with China and India.
the sitter's son, William K. Constable, Constableville, New York, died 1821; his son, John Constable, Constableville, New York, died 1887; his nephew's wife, Mrs. William Constable, New York, died 1922; her husband's relative, William Constable, New York, until 1925; Richard De Wolfe Brixey, New York, 1925 -died 1943