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James Lenox (1800-1880)
Date: 1859
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Medium: Watercolor, brown and black inks, and graphite with touches of gouache and heavy glazing on card
Dimensions: Overall: 9 1/8 x 7 in. ( 23.2 x 17.8 cm )
Description: Portrait
Credit Line: Bequest of Waldron Phoenix Belknap Jr.
Object Number: 1950.230
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Inscribed: Verso inscribed in graphite at center: "Painted by J B Wandesforde / from a picture by Leslie / 1839 / R L Banks / Likeness of / James Lenox Esq"

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James Lenox was the son of Robert and Rachel (Carmer) Lenox of New York. He was educated at Columbia College (A.B., 1818) and admitted to the bar in 1822. He was an avid bibliophile whose distinguished library was combined with the Astor and Tilden libraries in 1895 to form the New York Public Library.