James Fenimore Cooper (1789-1851)

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James Fenimore Cooper (1789-1851)
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N0146.1977
Description: 
One of the most striking portraits of James Fenimore Cooper, this was Susan Augusta DeLancey Cooper’s favorite image of her husband. Painted in New York City in 1822, it depicts Cooper just before the success of The Spy established him as one of America’s leading authors. During the first quarter of the 19th century, John Wesley Jarvis painted many of New York’s literati. By 1822, he was at the height of his artistic prowess and was considered the foremost portrait painter in New York City. Said to be the best raconteur of his generation, the eccentric and comedic Jarvis was an early member of Cooper’s famous Bread and Cheese Club. This friendship may have inspired the portrait commission.
Physical dimensions: 
height 39 in, width 34 in
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