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William Henry Shelton (1840–1932)

Object Name: Relief
Date: 1880
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Medium: Patinated bronze
Dimensions: Overall: 11 x 10 1/4 x 3/4 in. ( 27.9 x 26 x 1.9 cm )
Description: Bas-relief portrait, light brown patination.
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. Sidney A. Kirkman
Object Number: 1932.57
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Inscribed: Inscribed on verso in pencil: "Wm Shelton / by / J. S. Hartley"; inscribed on verso in red paint: "Mus. No 199; S-97"

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The subject was born in Ontario County, N.Y., and served with the Army of the Potomac during the Civil War. He was later founder of the Salmagundi Club and served as its librarian. In 1908 he was appointed curator of the museum at the Jumel Manion, New York. Shelton is primarily known as an author; he wrote "A Man without a Memory" (1895), "The Last Three Soldiers" (1897), "The Three Prisoners" (1904), and "The Jumel Mansion" (1916).