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Portrait paintings


The Museum of the City of New York's collection of paintings is particularly strong in portraits created during the first half of the 19th century, but also holds rare examples of portraits from the 18th century and works painted during New York's Gilded Age. One of the highlights of this latter group is the Museum's portrait by Thomas Wilmer Dewing of De Lancey Iselin Kane.
Mariana Griswold Van Rensselaer [Mrs. Schuyler Van Rensselaer]

Mariana Griswold Van Rensselaer [Mrs. Schuyler Van Rensselaer]

Oil on canvas portrait of Mrs. Schuyler Van Resselaer by William A. Coffin, likely made in New York.

Eleanora Iselin Kane (Mrs. DeLancey Astor Kane)

Eleanora Iselin Kane (Mrs. DeLancey Astor Kane)


Samuel Bowne

Samuel Bowne

portrait of Samuel Bowne (1812-1890)

Eliza Ackerly Bowne (Mrs. Samuel Bowne)

Eliza Ackerly Bowne (Mrs. Samuel Bowne)

Portrait of Eliza Ackerly just prior to her marriage to Samuel Bowne.

DeLancey Iselin Kane

DeLancey Iselin Kane

DeLancey Iselin Kane dressed in a sailor suite as a boy in 1887.

Elizabeth Parcells

Elizabeth Parcells


Olivia Peyton Murray Cutting [Mrs. William Bayard Cutting]

Olivia Peyton Murray Cutting [Mrs. William Bayard Cutting]

Olivia Peyton Murray Cutting (1855-1948)

William Bayard Cutting

William Bayard Cutting

This seated portrait depicts William Bayard Cutting holding a cane and hat, with a book placed next to...

Rosamond and Gifford Pinchot

Rosamond and Gifford Pinchot

Full portrait of Rosamond (1904-1938) and Gifford (1902-1985) Pinchot seated with cat.

Robert W. de Forest

Robert W. de Forest

The portrait depicts Mr. Robert Weeks de Forest, a notable New York lawyer and philanthropist.

Mrs. Cornelia Ward Hall and Her Children

Mrs. Cornelia Ward Hall and Her Children

This image depicts Mrs. Cornelia Ward Hall posing with her four children on a couch.

Mr. & Mrs. Charles Henry Augustus Carter

Mr. & Mrs. Charles Henry Augustus Carter

This image depicts Mr. and Mrs. Carter in their living room at 11 Bleecker St. Pendant portraits of...

Dr. Timothy M. Cheesman

Dr. Timothy M. Cheesman

This portrait depicts Dr. Timothy Cheesman (1824-1888) dressed in uniform.

Helen Virginia Sands De La Mar (Mrs. Joseph De La Mar)

Helen Virginia Sands De La Mar (Mrs. Joseph De La Mar)

This painting depicts Mrs. Joseph De La Mar, nee Helen Virginia Sands (8/3/1876-9/15/1946). She is depicted...

Dr. John Clarkson Jay

Dr. John Clarkson Jay


Eliza Pierce Raynor

Eliza Pierce Raynor

This seated portrait of Eliza Pierce Raynor (1857-1884), later Mrs. James Adriance Bush, shows her as...

Anna Cole Raynor Wells (Mrs. William Storrs Wells)

Anna Cole Raynor Wells (Mrs. William Storrs Wells)

Seated portrait of Mrs. William Storrs Wells, nee Annie Cole Raynor.

J. Clarence Davies

J. Clarence Davies

This standing portrait depicts J. Clarence Davies, a major real-estate developer who pioneered in the...

Helen Mary Hart Fiedler with her Children John, Helen and Mary

Helen Mary Hart Fiedler with her Children John, Helen and Mary


A Spanish Boy [George Arce]

A Spanish Boy [George Arce]

Portrait of a young boy sitting on a chair at a table. He is resting his right cheek in his right hand,...

Eleanor Milburn Connelly

Eleanor Milburn Connelly

Portrait of Eleanor Milburn Connelly wearing a jacket of teal silk velvet, stenciled with gold Renaissance...

Frances Milburn Lauck

Frances Milburn Lauck

Portrait of Frances Milburn Lauck wearing dark dress and a brooch of low carat gold, set with single...

The James Abercrombie Burden Family

The James Abercrombie Burden Family


Moses Levy

Moses Levy

portrait of Moses Levy sitting in front of a window with a dog in his lap and a ship visible outside...

Grace Mears Levy

Grace Mears Levy

Seated, 3/4 length, female portrait, landscape background.

William De Peyster

William De Peyster

Bust portrait of William de Peyster (born 1790).

John Brooks

John Brooks

This oval portrait depicts John Brooks, son of Henry Sands Brooks, the founder of Brooks Brothers department...

Ann Eliza Moserman Brooks (Mrs. John Brooks)

Ann Eliza Moserman Brooks (Mrs. John Brooks)

This oval portrait depicts Mrs. John Brooks, one of the partners and brothers of Brooks Brothers department...

Virginia Michels Stern (Mrs. Isaac Stern)

Virginia Michels Stern (Mrs. Isaac Stern)

In this commanding image of the wife of the head of Stern Brothers, New York City's grandest Gilded Age...

Senator John Rutherford

Senator John Rutherford

portrait of Senator John Rutherford (1760 - 1840), grandson of James Alexander

Florence Sands Russell (Mrs. William Hamilton Russell)

Florence Sands Russell (Mrs. William Hamilton Russell)

Seated portrait of Mrs. William Hamilton Russell nee Florence Sands

Caroline Slidell Perry Belmont (Mrs. August Belmont, Sr.)

Caroline Slidell Perry Belmont (Mrs. August Belmont, Sr.)

Seated portrait of socialite Caroline Belmont (1829-1892)

Mayor James John Walker

Mayor James John Walker


John D. Rockefeller, Sr.

John D. Rockefeller, Sr.


Laura Spelman Rockefeller (Mrs. John D. Rockefeller, Sr.)

Laura Spelman Rockefeller (Mrs. John D. Rockefeller, Sr.)


Andrew Carnegie

Andrew Carnegie

This is a portrait of Andrew Carnegie, "distributor of wealth for the improvement of mankind"

Chancellor Robert R. Livingston, Jr.

Chancellor Robert R. Livingston, Jr.


Edwards Pierrepont

Edwards Pierrepont

Portrait of Edwards Pierrepont, 1817-1892.

General George Duncan Wickham

General George Duncan Wickham


Captain Henry Windle

Captain Henry Windle


Captain Edward Greenfield Tinker

Captain Edward Greenfield Tinker


Alexander Hamilton

Alexander Hamilton


Mrs. William Cruger Pell

Mrs. William Cruger Pell


Adelaide E., John, and George  Brooks

Adelaide E., John, and George Brooks


William Howard Schubart

William Howard Schubart


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