Mrs. Stephen Van Rensselaer III (Cornelia Paterson)
Nathaniel Rogers (American, Bridgehampton, New York 1788–1844 Bridgehampton, New York)
Watercolor on ivory
3 9/32 x 2 7/16 in. (8.3 x 6.2 cm)
Morris K. Jesup Fund, 1932
Not on view
The sitter (1780-1844) was the daughter of William Paterson, second governor of New Jersey and associate justice of the United States Supreme Court from 1793 to 1806. On May 17, 1802, she became the second wife of Congressman Stephen Van Rensselaer III of Albany. Robert Fulton (q.v.) also portrayed her.
Signature: [on obverse, along center right edge, in sgraffito]: N Rogers. N.Y.
Inscription: Inscribed in ink on backing paper: Mrs Stephen Van Rensselaer / (Cornelia Paterson) / Manor House/ Albany / by N. Rogers.