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Proposed Coat of Arms for New Amsterdam, New Netherland: Preparatory Drawing for a Presentation to the Dutch West India Company
Black ink and wash, watercolor, red and black chalk, and red gouache, with contours incised by a stylus on laid on paper, mounted on card
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The subject, the son of Benjamin and Elizabeth (Merrill) Pierce, was born and raised in Chelmsford, Massachusetts. He served in the Continental Army and fought at Bunker Hill. He and his second wife, Anna Kendrick, whom he married in 1790, were the parents of Franklin Pierce, fourteenth president of the United States. The elder Pierce also held political offices, including that of governor of the state of New Hampshire. His portrait was a gift to the Society from his great-granddaughter.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
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