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Rufus Wilmot Griswold (1815–1857)

Object Name: Portrait
Date: ca. 1850-1855
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Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: Overall: 24 1/4 × 20 1/4 in. (61.6 × 51.4 cm)
Credit Line: Bequest of Rufus W. Griswold
Object Number: 1857.8
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Born in Benson, Vermont, the subject was the son of Rufus and Deborah (Wass) Griswold. He became a Baptist minister in 1837, but soon gave up the ministry for journalism and social reforms. He worked for Horace Greeley in New York (1839-40), and later as a book editor.


"In Focus: Portrait and Small Paintings from the Society's Collections," New-York Historical Society, January 9, 2001–March 24, 2002.