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George Bruce (1781–1866)

Object Name: Portrait
Date: 1866
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Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: Overall: 36 × 29 1/4 in. (91.4 × 74.3 cm)
Credit Line: Bequest of Matilda Wolfe Bruce
Object Number: 1908.2
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Bruce, a typefounder and printer, was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, and came to America in 1795. He became a printer's apprentice in Philadelphia and by 1803 was printer and publisher of the "Daily Advertiser" in New York. He and his brother subsequently opened a book-printing house on Pearl Street and a type foundry on Chambers Street. Bruce was president of the Mechanics' Institute of New York and of the New York Type-founders' Assn.; he was also a member of the New-York Historical Society.


Catalogue of American Portraits in The New-York Historical Society, New Haven: Yale University Press, Vol. 1, 1974, p. 102.