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Pierre Van Cortlandt

American Art

On View: American Identities: A New Look, American Landscape/Colony to Nation, 5th Floor

The elaborate stage set in this full-length portrait suggests how impressive it was intended to be. The artist based the backdrop, and details such as the pose and the dog, on British royal portrait prints that decorated colonial homes as museum posters do today. This portrait suggested the young sitter's great promise: born into one of the city's wealthiest Dutch families, he 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)  (show scale)
SIGNATURE Unsigned
COLLECTIONS American Art
ACCESSION NUMBER 41.151
CREDIT LINE Dick S. Ramsay Fund
RIGHTS STATEMENT No known copyright restrictions
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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
IMAGE x-ray, detail, CONS.41.151_1995_xrs_detail03.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 1995
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