09-11-2009 09-11-2009
Skinner Auctions
Skinner Auctions Boston MA
2470 Boston
September 11, 2009 12:00PMCalender

American School, 19th Century Portrait of Richard Varick

Auction: American & European Works of Art - 2470 Location: Boston Date / Time: September 11, 2009 12:00PM


American School, 19th Century

Portrait of Richard Varick
Unsigned, sitter identified in information affixed to the reverse.
Oil on canvas stretched over panel, 30 x 25 in. (76.2 x 63.5 cm), framed.
Oil on canvas,
Condition: Retouch, varnish inconsistencies, surface abrasions (predominately beneath the liner), fine craquelure, surface grime.

N.B. Richard Varick was born in 1753 in Hackensack, New Jersey. He served in the army during the Revolutionary War, first as the captain of the 1st New York Regiment, then under General Philip Schuyler and, after, at West Point, where he was aide to General Benedict Arnold. By the end of the war, Varick served as George Washington's private secretary. Varick entered politics after the war; he worked to standardize the statutes of New York and then served as Mayor of New York from 1791 until 1801. Varick was also a philanthropist, and founded the American Bible Society in 1816.

Estimate $1,000-1,500

Framed within a liner, retouch to l.l. quadrant measuring approx. 1 1/2 x 1/8 in, not mounted to supporting panel (i.e. the canvas is wrapped around panel and nailed to sides).


Richard Varick, American School, N.B. Richard Varick, Hackensack, Philip Schuyler, 1st New York Regiment, aide to General Benedict Arnold, army, Benedict Arnold, George Washington, private secretary, George Washington's private secretary, Mayor, founder, American Bible Society