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Guide to the New York State Legislature Portrait Prints Collection
1798
 PR 213

New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024
Phone: (212) 873-3400


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Collection processed by Sandra Markham

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on December 13, 2011
Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

 
Title: New York State Legislature Portrait Prints Collection
Dates: 1798
Abstract: Collection consists of 19 stipple engraved plates containing medallion profile portraits of 57 prominent men who served in the New York State Legislature in 1798.
Quantity: 1.58 Linear feet (1 box)
Location note: Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections
Call Phrase: PR 213

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Scope and Content Note

The New York State Legislature Portrait Prints collection holds stipple engraved plates of prominent men who served in elected positions in state government in 1798. The plates came from a variety of sources, and have been arranged in four series to reflect provenance. The history of the engravings is told by R.W.G. Vail in his article "The First New York State Mug Book: Portraits of the Legislature of 1798" (in "The New-York Historical Society Quarterly," vol. 35, no. 1, January 1951).

The engravings are attributed by Vail to the firm of Albany silversmith and engraver Isaac Hutton. Lithographic reproductions of some of the New York State Legislature portrait prints may be found in the Portrait File (PR-052).

Arrangement

The collection is arranged in four series based on provenance.

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Jay, John, -- 1745-1829 -- Portraits
  • Ten Broeck, Dirck -- Portraits
  • Van Rensselaer, Stephen, -- 1764-1839 -- Portraits

Document Type

  • Portraits
  • Prints
  • Stipple engravings

Subject Organizations

  • New York (State). -- Legislature -- (21st : 1798) -- Portraits

Subject Topics

  • Statesmen in art

Subject Places

  • New York (State) -- Officials and employees -- Portraits

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Administrative Information

Provenance

Collection comprised of multiple gifts and acquisitions: 7 of the 8 plates in series I were given to the N-YHS in 1807 by John Pintard, who had previously been presented with the set by Rev. Uzal Ogden. The eighth plate was received by the Society as a gift from Mr. Harry Shaw Newman. The plates in series II were a gift of Robert Goelet in April of 1978. Plates in series III were transferred from the Duane-Featherstonhaugh family papers.

Access Restrictions

Open to qualified researchers.

Photocopying undertaken by staff only. Limited to thirty exposures of stable, unbound material per day. See guidelines in Print Room for details.

Use Restrictions

Permission to reproduce any Print Room holdings through publication must be obtained from:
Rights and Reproductions
The New-York Historical Society
Two West 77th Street
New York, NY 10024
Phone: (212) 873-3400 ext. 282
Fax: (212) 579-8794

Preferred Citation

This collection should be cited as: New York State Legislature Portrait Prints Collection, PR 213, Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections, The New-York Historical Society.

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Container List

Series I: New-York Historical Society Plates

Scope and Contents note

Series I holds what is apparently the only complete set of the portraits in existence. According to Vail, seven of the eight prints were given to the Society in 1807 by John Pintard, after he had received them from Reverend Uzal Ogden. The missing eighth plate was later acquired from Harry Shaw Newman. A second full set of plates was formerly held in the New York State Library in Albany, but was destroyed in the great library fire of 1911.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Governor John Jay and Lt. Governor Stephen Van Rensselaer
1798
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Speaker of the House Dirck Ten Broeck
1798
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Senators: L'Hommedieu, Gold, Jones, Cantine, Silvester, Graham, Thompson, Sanger, and Phelps
1798
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Senators: Morris, White, VanVechten, Gansevoort, and Gelston; Assemblymen: Ogden, Warner, Howard, and Fonda
1798
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Assemblymen: Hildreth, Mason, Henry, Bird, Jenkins, Denning, Hovey, Smith, and Foot
1798
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Assemblymen: Morse, McNiel, Heermance, Clift, Fort, Hoag, Hall, Hogeboom, and Thomas
1798
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Assemblymen: Williamson, Dewey, Bowen, Wood, Holly, Griswold, McFarland, De la Montagnie, and Prince
1798
Box: 1 Folder : 8 Assemblymen: Holt, Bowman, Verplank, Schuyler, Van Alstyne, Clinton, Hogeboom, Benton, and Brown
1798

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Series II: Goelet Plates

Scope and Contents note

Series II holds five plates that were given to the Society in April 1978 by Robert Goelet. These prints have been trimmed to dimensions of printed border, 20.4 x 17.5 cm.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 9 Senators: L'Hommedieu, Gold, Jones, Cantine, Silvester, Graham, Thompson, Sanger, and Phelps
1798
Box: 1 Folder : 10 Senators: Morris, White, VanVechten, Gansevoort, and Gelston; Assemblymen: Ogden, Warner, Howard, and Fonda
1798
Box: 1 Folder : 11 Assemblymen: Hildreth, Mason, Henry, Bird, Jenkins, Denning, Hovey, Smith, and Foot
1798
Box: 1 Folder : 12 Assemblymen: Morse, McNiel, Heermance, Clift, Fort, Hoag, Hall, Hogeboom, and Thomas
1798
Box: 1 Folder : 13 Assemblymen: Williamson, Dewey, Bowen, Wood, Holly, Griswold, McFarland, De la Montagnie, and Prince
1798

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Series III: Duane Plates

Scope and Contents note

Series III were, according to a note written on their former enclosure, "removed from Duane Papers VII." The four plates are damaged, each either cut or torn, and none are complete in having all nine portraits present.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 14 Senators: Morris, White, VanVechten, Gansevoort, and Gelston; Assemblymen: Ogden, Warner, Howard, and Fonda
1798
Box: 1 Folder : 14 Assemblymen: Morse, McNiel, Heermance, Clift, Fort, Hoag, Hall, Hogeboom, and Thomas
1798
Box: 1 Folder : 14 Assemblymen: Williamson, Dewey, Bowen, Wood, Holly, Griswold, McFarland, De la Montagnie, and Prince
1798
Box: 1 Folder : 14 Assemblymen: Holt, Bowman, Verplank, Schuyler, Van Alstyne, Clinton, Hogeboom, Benton, and Brown
1798

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Series IV: Miscellaneous Plates

Scope and Contents note

Series IV holds two plates from an unknown source.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 15 Senators: Morris, White, VanVechten, Gansevoort, and Gelston; Assemblymen: Ogden, Warner, Howard, and Fonda
1798
Box: 1 Folder : 15 Assemblymen: Hildreth, Mason, Henry, Bird, Jenkins, Denning, Hovey, Smith, and Foot
1798

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