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Mrs. James Beekman (Jane Keteltas, 1734–1817)

Object Name: Portrait
Date: 1761
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Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: Overall: 47 3/4 x 34 1/2 in. ( 121.3 x 87.6 cm ) Framed: 53 × 40 in. (134.6 × 101.6 cm)
Credit Line: Gift of the Beekman Family Association
Object Number: 1962.65
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Inscribed: Inscribed on canvas verso, "Jane Beekman / Born Oct. 8th 1734 / L. Kilburn Pinxt / 1761"

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Jane Keteltas, the daughter of Abraham Keteltas and Jeanne (d'Honneur) Keteltas, was married to James Beekman in 1752 and bore him ten children. Painted as a companion to the portrait of James Beekman (1962.64), this picture was for some reason in need of retouching only five years later, according to an entry in James Beekman's account book which states that he paid John Durand L1.10.00 "for Altering my Wifes Picture." James Beekman ordered the picture's frame from New York City carver Stephen Dwight.

Exhibitions:

"American Rococo: Eighteenth-Century Elegance in Ornament", The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (January 29 through June 1992) and Los Angeles County Museum of Art (July 2 through September 27, 1992).

"Arriving in Style: The Beekman Family Coach," New-York Historical Society, November 20, 2004-February 20, 2005.

"Group Dynamics: Family Portraits and Scenes of Everyday Life at the New-York Historical Society," New-York Historical Society, May 5-September 15, 2006.

"New York Painting Begins: Eighteenth-Century Portraits," New-York Historical Society, January 24, 2009-March 1, 2010.

"From Colony to Nation: 200 Years of American Painting at the New-York Historical Society," New-York Historical Society, June 7 - September 8, 2013.

"The Works: Salon Style at the New-York Historical Society," New-York Historical Society, June 20, 2014-February 8, 2015.