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John Drake (ca. 1772-after 1842)

Object Name: Portrait
Date: 1842
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Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: Overall: 30 x 25 in. ( 76.2 x 63.5 cm )
Credit Line: Gift of Nina Sturges Skidmore and Samuel Treadwell Skidmore, Jr.
Object Number: 1947.265
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Marks: signature and date: on back: "John Drake / of New York / Aetatis 70 years / C.E. Weir / pinxt / July, 1842"

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Drake was a prosperous New York merchant who in 1813, along with his brother Jacob, lent the government $10,000 to help finance the War of 1812. The cane that he holds, of which he was especially proud, was given to the Society along with the portrait.