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Peter Wilson, LLD (1746-1825)

Object Name: Portrait
Date: 1902
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Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: Overall: 36 x 28 in. (91.4 x 71.1 cm)
Credit Line: Bequest of Gerald F. Shepard
Object Number: 1937.134
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Marks: signature and date: at right: "Maynard 1902 / After----"

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Wilson was born in Scotland, and studied at the University of Aberdeen. He immigrated to New York in 1763. A scholar of Greek and Latin, he taught at Columbia College from 1789-1792 and from 1797-1820, and served as acting president from 1800-1801. The original of this portrait by Samuel Waldo and William Jewett may have been painted in 1821 or early 1822, probably on the commission of Columbia College, which owns it.