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Benson John Lossing (1813-1891)
Date: 1859
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Medium: Black and white chalk and charcoal over graphite on brown paper
Dimensions: Overall: 13 5/8 x 10 5/8 in. ( 34.6 x 27 cm ) mat: 21 x 18 x 1 1/2 in. ( 53.3 x 45.7 x 3.8 cm )
Description: Portrait
Credit Line: Foster-Jarvis Fund
Object Number: 1959.3
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Marks: signature and date: lower right: "Rembrandt Peale/July 1859"
Inscribed: Signed and inscribed at lower right in black chalk: "Rembrandt Peale / July 1859."

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The subject, an engraver and publisher, was born at Beekman, New York, and had moved to New York City by 1838. He became famous as a publisher of history books, such "Lives of the Signers of the Declaration of American Independence" (1848) and the "Pictorial Field Book of the Revolution" (1850-52), which were illustrated with numerous engravings, sometimes by Lossing himself. His portrait was purchased by the Society from his granddaughter.