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Charles Wilkes (1764–1833)

Object Name: Bust
Date: 1830
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Medium: Wood, wax, and paint
Dimensions: Overall: 7 3/8 x 6 7/8 x 3 7/8 in. ( 18.7 x 17.5 x 9.8 cm )
Description: Portrait bust.
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. Harry MacNeil Bland
Object Number: 1925.81
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Marks: Brass plaque on front of pedestal: "CHARLES WILKES (1764-1833) / FIRST TREASURER OF THE NEW YORK HISTORICAL SOCIETY / BY BALL HUGHES, 1830 / PRESENTED BY HARRY M. BLAND, 1925"

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Wilkes came to America from his native London about 1782 and two years later was one of the men who organized the Bank of New York. He was the first treasurer of The New-York Historical Society, serving from 1805-18.