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Joseph Buckman (1822-1875)

Object Name: Portrait
Date: ca. 1850
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Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: Unframed: 38 × 30 1/8 in. (96.5 × 76.5 cm) Framed: 52 1/8 x 44 1/4 in. (132.4 x 112.4 cm)
Place made: North America, United States
Description: Portrait of firefighter seated in red upholstered armchair or sofa, wearing formal attire typical of the mid-19th century. Speaking trumpet and fire helmet marked with fire company name at his side.
Credit Line: Gift of the Historical Society of Frederick County, Maryland
Object Number: 2002.24
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Marks: Stenciled on reverse of canvas: "S.N. DODGES / ARTIST & PAINTERS / SUPPLY STORE / 189 CH[AMBERS]..."

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New York City volunteer firefighter Joseph Buckman (1822-1875) was elected foreman of the Marion Hose Company No. 4 in 1850. Located at the corner of Delancey and Attorney Streets, the Marion Hose Company was organized in 1833 and went out of service in 1865. The company's namesake was Francis Marion (1732-1795), a Revolutionary War general known as the "Swamp Fox." Joseph Buckman emigrated from France and was working in New York as a carpenter by the 1840s.