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Portrait of Isaac Gouverneur
Gilbert Stuart

oil paint canvas

Currently on view at Mint Museum--UPTOWN

Gift of Mrs. Henry G. Bartol, Jr.

Isaac Gouverneur, a British citizen living in New York, supported colonial independence from England by providing military supplies to the cause in 1775. He was arrested for treason for these actions and imprisoned in England but eventually returned to New York as a patriotic hero. The large presentation pitcher across from the Stuart painting was created in the mid-19th century by Charles Cartlidge and Company, the first major porcelain manufacturer established in the Greenpoint area of Brooklyn. Objects of this scale were typically commissioned to honor important individuals, such as Isaac Gouverneur (the pitcher on view here was made for the Governor of New York), or to commemorate a specific historical event. Abundant symbolism appears in the decorative scheme of this piece, from the acorn and oak leaf decoration that suggests the virtue of strength to the symbols of patriotism seen in the eagle atop the red, white, and blue shield that combine to form the spout of the pitcher.

Accession Number: 1976.8


height: 47 inches
width: 39 inches

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