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Petrus (Peter) Stuyvesant (1611/12–1672)

Object Name: Portrait
Date: n.d.
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Medium: Oil on wood panel
Dimensions: Unframed: 22 1/2 × 17 1/2 in. (57.2 × 44.5 cm) Framed: 29 1/4 in. × 25 in. × 2 1/2 in. (74.3 × 63.5 × 6.4 cm)
Credit Line: Gift of Robert Van Rensselaer Stuyvesant
Object Number: 1909.2
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By 1635, Peter Stuyvesant, a native of west Friesland, the Netherlands, was employed by the Dutch West India Co. and sent to Brazil. In 1643 he was made governor of Curaçao and other Dutch islands of the West Indies; during an expedition against the Portuguese on St. Martin in 1644 his right leg was wounded, requiring amputation. In 1646 he was appointed director general of New Netherland; he served in that office until the colony came under British rule in 1664.


Krohn, Deborah, Peter Miller, and Marybeth De Filippis, eds., "Dutch New York Between East and West: The World of Margrieta van Varick." New York: Bard Graduate Center, New-York Historical Society, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2009, p. 176-177


"Judische Lebenswelten," Berliner Festspiele GmbH, Germany, January 12–April 26, 1992.

"The Dutch in Americas, 1600-1800," The Equitable Gallery, New York, NY, January 16–April 10, 1998.

"American Origins," National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC, July 4, 2006–December 31, 2008.

"Dutch New York Between East and West: The World of Margarita van Varick," Bard Graduate Center, New York, NY, September 18, 2009–January 24, 2010.