Rembrandt Peale (1778-1860) Portrait of Elizabeth Breese Hazard of Philadelphia and New York. A historically important and beautifully executed portrait of Elizabeth Breese, painted in 1803 in Philadelphia. Artist and sitter identified on verso, together with history and exhibition label from the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University.
Oil on canvas, 29-1/2" x 24-1/2", old reline, scattered retouch and abrasions, in the original elaborate gilt gesso frame, framed size 35-1/2" x 30-1/2" .
Elizabeth Breese Hazard (1786-1861), daughter of Abigail Arthur and The Honorable Ebenezer Hazard (1786-1861), first Postmaster of New York City, Surveyor General of the Post Office, and Postmaster General of the United States. Her first husband was Ebenezer Rockwood, Jr., who died in 1815. In 1821, she married The Reverend Thomas Edward Vermilye, a prominent clergyman in the Collegiate Reformed Dutch Church, pastor of St. Nicholas Church in New York City, and president of the General Synod of Reformed Churches in America. She had eight children: Abigail, Ebeneezer, William Erskine, and Charles Rockwood; and Ashbel Green, Mary, Tom, and Elizabeth Breese Vermilye.
Provenance: Descended through the family to great grandson Edward Vermilye Huntington.
Exhibited: The Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University.