08-11-2013 08-11-2013
Skinner Auctions
Skinner Auctions Marlborough MA
2669M Marlborough
August 11, 2013 10:00AMCalender

After Gilbert Stuart, Possibly Mary Rutherford (Clarkson) Jay (New York, 1786-1838) Portrait of General Matthew Clarkson (1758-1825). U

Auction: American Furniture & Decorative Arts - 2669M Location: Marlborough Date / Time: August 11, 2013 10:00AM


After Gilbert Stuart, Possibly Mary Rutherford (Clarkson) Jay (New York, 1786-1838)

Portrait of General Matthew Clarkson (1758-1825). Unsigned. Oil on canvas, 36 x 29 in., in a period molded gilt-gesso frame. Condition: Restored.

Provenance: Descended in the Jay family.

Note: Matthew Clarkson was a Revolutionary War figure, New York politician, and was involved in many humanitarian and charitable organizations. He was a member of the Society of the Cincinnati and is portrayed wearing the medal of the society on his lapel. Some of his most notable accomplishments include serving as assistant to the Secretary of War, member of the New York State Assembly, State Senator, and abolitionist, serving as vice president of the New York Manumission Society, which promoted the emancipation of slaves, the protection of those who have been slaves, and who may be liberated from slavery.
Clarkson was also president of the Society of the New York Hospital, vice president of the American Bible Society, and president of the Bank of New York. The town of Clarkson in western New York was named after him. The portrait is thought to have been painted by his daughter, and is documented in The Jay Family by Laura Jay Wells. Mary Rutherford, General Clarkson's daughter, married lawyer Peter Augustus Jay (1776-1843). She was "beautiful and talented..." and "copied many of the family portraits, and in addition to her painting, was a talented pianist." The original portrait of General Clarkson by Gilbert Stuart is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Estimate $4,000-6,000

Restored, canvas has not been relined, it appears to have been cleaned, and under black light finds retouch to paint loss around edges, and corner, scattered spots to face and clothing: couple small spots in his hair, outline of left chin, spots on pupils, minor spots on jacket collar, ribbon, and sleeve; light fine abrasion line across background about 3 in. from top edge, varnished.

The absence of a condition statement does not imply that the lot is in perfect condition or completely free from wear and tear, imperfections or the effects of aging. Condition requests can be obtained via email (lot inquiry button) or by telephone to the appropriate gallery location (Boston/617.350.5400 or Marlborough/508.970.3000). Any condition statement given, as a courtesy to a client, is only an opinion and should not be treated as a statement of fact. Skinner Inc. shall have no responsibility for any error or omission.


Matthew Clarkson, Gilbert Stuart, Peter Augustus Jay, Possibly Mary Rutherford, Mary Rutherford, politician, Society of the Cincinnati, vice president, Secretary, Senator, New York Manumission Society, New York State Assembly, president, American Bible Society, Bank of New York, New York Hospital, western New York, Laura Jay Wells, married lawyer, pianist, Metropolitan Museum of Art