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Pierre Van Cortlandt

American Art

The artist of these full-length portraits based the elaborate backdrops, and details such as the poses and the animals, on British royal portrait prints (see illustration) that decorated colonial homes. The pictorial link between the Van Cortlandt brothers, who were born into one of the city’s wealthiest Dutch families, and British nobility suggested their great promise. Although information about John, who died in his twenties, is scarce, Pierre inherited vast properties north of Manhattan and became an ardent patriot during the Revolutionary War.
CULTURE American
MEDIUM Oil on linen
DATES ca. 1731
DIMENSIONS 57 x 41 9/16 in. (144.8 x 105.5 cm) frame: 63 3/4 x 48 1/2 x 3 1/4 in. (161.9 x 123.2 x 8.3 cm)  (show scale)
CREDIT LINE Dick S. Ramsay Fund
PROVENANCE Ca. 1731, commissioned from the artist by Philip Van Cortlandt of Croton-on-Hudson, NY; 1748, inherited from Philip Van Cortlandt by Pierre Van Cortlandt of Croton-on-Hudson; 1814, inherited form Pierre Van Cortlandt by Pierre Van Cortlandt II of Croton-on-Hudson; 1848, inherited from Pierre Van Cortlandt II by Pierre Van Cortlandt III of Croton-on-Hudson; 1884, inherited from Pierre Van Cortlandt III by Ann Van Cortlandt of Croton-on-Hudson; 1941, inherited from Ann Van Cortlandt by Catherine Van Cortlandt Mathews; January 16, 1941, purchased from Catherine Van Cortlandt Mathews by the Brooklyn Museum.
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CAPTION American. Pierre Van Cortlandt, ca. 1731. Oil on linen, 57 x 41 9/16 in. (144.8 x 105.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Dick S. Ramsay Fund, 41.151 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 41.151_PS6.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 41.151_PS6.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2012
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