Pierre Van Cortlandt
On View: American Art Galleries, 5th Floor, From Colonies to States, 1660–1830
The artist of this full-length portrait based the elaborate backdrop, and details such as the pose and the dog, on British royal portrait prints that decorated colonial homes. The pictorial link between Pierre Van Cortlandt and British nobility suggested the young sitter’s great promise. Born into one of the city’s wealthiest Dutch families, Van Cortlandt 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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