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Samuel Latham Mitchell, MD (1764–1831)
Date: ca. 1810
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Medium: Pastel on brown paper
Dimensions: Overall: 9 1/4 x 7 1/4 in. ( 23.5 x 18.4 cm )
Description: Portrait
Credit Line: Gift of Dr. Samuel Akerly
Object Number: 1816.2
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Inscribed: Verso inscribed in brown pastel with series of items and numbers with two geometric figures; wood panel backing of frame inscribed in brown ink: "A / Painting of Samuel L. Mitchell / done in crayon-colours / by that famous artist James / Sharples; who died at New / York in 1811."

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The subject, a founding member of The New-York Historical Society, was the son of Quaker parents, Robert and Mary (Latham) Mitchill, and was born at North Hempstead, Long Island. He studied law as well as medicine, and in 1791 he was a member of the state legislature. He subsequently taught at Columbia College, and served in the U.S. House of Representives and in the U.S. Senate. He was vice-president of Rutgers Medical College from 1826 to 1830.