Purchase, Gift of Mrs. Russell Sage and The Sylmaris Collection, Gift of George Coe Graves, by exchange; Robert G. Goelet Gift; and funds from various donors, 1959
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 719
Affleck, a Scottish immigrant, came to America in 1763, the same year as John Penn (1729–1795), governor of Pennsylvania. This is one of a group of open-arm, upholstered-back armchairs with straight legs that Affleck is believed to have made for Penn. It follows a pattern for "French Chairs with Elbows" published in Thomas Chippendale’s "Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker’s Director" (1762 ed.).
George Hewitt Cushman, Philadelphia, before 1849–died 1876; his daughters, Alice and Ida Cushman, Philadelphia; Mrs. J. Insley Blair, Tuxedo Park, New York, until died 1951; her daughter, Mrs. Screven Lorillard, Far Hills, New Jersey; her husband, Screven Lorillard, Far Hills, New Jersey