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Aaron Vail (1796-1878)

Aaron Vail (1796-1878)
Title
Aaron Vail (1796-1878)
Date 
1835
Medium 
Watercolor, gouache, and graphite on card
Dimensions 
Overall: 11 5/8 x 9 1/8 in. (29.5 x 23.2 cm) mat: 20 x 16 in. ( 50.8 x 40.6 cm )
Description 
Portrait
Credit Line 
Bequest of Jacques de Bon
Object Number 
1968.38
Inscriptions 
Signed and inscribed at lower right in graphite: "Geo. Richmond delit. 1835 --"; verso: "Aaron Vail Grand Pere de Madam Jacques de Bon nee Bradshaw"
Gallery Label 
The subject was born in Lorient, France, where his father, Aaron Vail (1758-1813), a New York merchant, was United States consul and commercial agent. He came to live in the U.S. after his father's death and later served in various capacities with the U.S. State Dept. under Presidents James Monroe, John Quincy Adams, and Andrew Jackson. He was the grandfather of Madame Jacques de Bon, wife of the donor.
Provenance 
Descent through sitter's family
Bibliography 
Olson, Roberta J. M. "A selection of European paintings and objects." The Magazine Antiques 167 (2005): 182-187.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group