John Carlin (American, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1813–1891 New York)
Watercolor on ivory
4 1/16 x 3 3/8 in. (10.3 x 8.6 cm)
Gift of J. William Middendorf II, 1968
Not on view
Carlin made four consecutive entries in his account book during October 1846 for sittings with the Allen Brothers. He called them "Eldest," "Second," "Third," and "Youngest." In the margin next to the names, Carlin wrote, "In half length group $50.00." William Barton Franklin Vanderbilt, and Harry were the sons of commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt's second daughter, Ethelinda Vanderbilt, and Daniel B. Allen. Vanderbilt Commissioned the group portrait of his grandsons.
Signature: [on obverse, lower left]: J. Carlin. 1847
Inscription: Inscribed in graphite on backing paper: J Carlin. / 12 Washington Place / 6th Avenue - / South Side of the St. Inscribed on verso in a later hadn: Vanderbilt Children