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Albert Gallatin (1761-1849): Silhouette

Object Number: 
Z.2383
Date: 
1812
Medium: 
Black ink and gouache on paper
Dimensions: 
frame: 9 x 8 x 1 1/2 in. ( 22.9 x 20.3 x 3.8 cm ) image height: 4 1/8 in. ( 10.5 cm )
Marks: 
signature: below bust: "R. F. FECIT" inscription: on label affixed to back: "Albert Gallatin / by / Robert Fulton / Inscribed under glass A. Gallatin 1812"
Inscriptions: 
Signed and inscribed at lower right of center in brown ink: "R. F. FECIT"; at lower right: "A Gallatin 1812"
Description: 
Silhouette: Bust of male subject in left-facing profile; reverse painedt black glass with oval window gilded rectangular frame.
Gallery Label: 
A diplomat and financier, Gallatin was born and educated in Switzerland but came to the Colonies during the struggle for independence. He served in the Pennsylvania state legislature (1790-92), and in Congress (1792-93, 1795-1801); under Presidents Jefferson and Madison he was secretary of treasury; he later served as United States minister to France (1816-23) and England (1826-27). From 1843 to 1849 he was president of N-YHS.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group