Pierre Van Cortlandt
On View: American Art Galleries, 5th Floor, From Colonies to States, 1660–1830
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.
Oil on linen
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)
Dick S. Ramsay Fund
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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)
overall, 41.151_PS6.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2012
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