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John Christopher Kunze, DD (1744–1807)

Object Name: Portrait
Date: 1818
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Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: Overall: 30 × 25 in. (76.2 × 63.5 cm)
Credit Line: Gift of members of the family of the subject
Object Number: 1818.1
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A Lutheran clergyman and a professor of Oriental languages at Columbia College, the subject came to America in 1770 from his native Saxony. He became a member of The New-York Historical Society in 1804. This portrait of him is a replica of one painted by Jarvis about 1805, which was in the possession of Mrs. John Christopher Kunze in 1818.

Bibliography:

Catalogue of the Museum and Gallery of Art of The New-York Historical Society, New York, The New-York Historical Society, 1862, p. 3.

Catalogue of the Gallery of Art of The New York Historical Society, New York: The New-York Historical Society, 1915, p. 16.

Kelby, William, Notes on American Artists 1754-1820: Copied from advertisements appearing in the newspapers of the day, New York: The New-York Historical Society, 1922, p. 66.

Bolton, Theodore, and Groce, George C., Jr., "John Wesley Jarvis: An Account of His Life and the First Catalogue of His Work, Art Quarterly, Vol. 1, No. 4, Autumn 1938, pp. 299-321.

Catalogue of American Portraits in The New-York Historical Society: Oil Portraits, Miniatures, Sculptures, New York: The New-York Historical Society, 1941, p. 174.

Dickson, Harold E., John Wesley Jarvis: American Painter, 1780-1840, New York: The New-York Historical Society, 1949, pp. ix, 298, 356.

Catalogue of American Portraits in The New-York Historical Society, Vol. 2, New York: The New-York Historical Society, 1974, pp. 432-3.

Exhibitions:

"Jarvis Centennial Exhibition," New-York Historical Society, April 17–June 2, 1940.

Long-term loan, Yager Museum of Art and Culture, Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY, April 15, 1981–January 31, 2006.