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Robert Lenox (1759-1839)

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Robert Lenox (1759-1839)
Jarvis, John Wesley, 1780-1840 (Artist)

Paintings at the New York Public Library

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1809 - 1815 (Approximate)
Library locations
New York Public Library Archives
Shelf locator: Edna Barnes Salomon Room Paintings
Lenox, Robert, 1759-1839
Acquisition: Lenox family; James Lenox; Lenox Library Collection
Physical Description
Oil paintings
This portrait of James Lenox's father was so popular among family members that Jarvis painted two identical replicas and three smaller versions for different Lenoxes. Born in England but raised in Philadelphia, as a young man Jarvis was apprenticed to the engraver Edward Savage. In about 1802 he established himself as an engraver in New York but soon turned to portraiture, and for two decades he was the city's leading portrait painter. Among this important public commissions was a series of full-length portraits of War of 1812 heroes painted for the New York City Hall. Jarvis was well known for his wit, extravagance, dandified dress, and intemperance. By 1832 his career was in decline, and Jarvis began to travel extensively in search of commissions. He eventually settled in the South. After a debilitating stroke in 1834, Jarvis returned to New York where he died six years later. As this example illustrates, his portraits are noted for their subtle modeling, proficient brushwork, and animation.
Type of Resource
Still image
Other local Identifier: Lenox Library Art Gallery project
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 984e6420-c7de-0135-02dc-0517baf6b850
Rights Statement
The New York Public Library believes that this item is in the public domain under the laws of the United States, but did not make a determination as to its copyright status under the copyright laws of other countries. This item may not be in the public domain under the laws of other countries. Though not required, if you want to credit us as the source, please use the following statement, "From The New York Public Library," and provide a link back to the item on our Digital Collections site. Doing so helps us track how our collection is used and helps justify freely releasing even more content in the future.

Item timeline of events

  • 1780: Creator Born
  • 1809: Created (Approximate)
  • 1840: Creator Died
  • 2018: Digitized
  • 2023: Found by you!
  • 2024

MLA Format

New York Public Library Archives, The New York Public Library. "Robert Lenox (1759-1839)" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1809 - 1815. https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/600ac580-c7f1-0135-345c-01b4bc9211ec

Chicago/Turabian Format

New York Public Library Archives, The New York Public Library. "Robert Lenox (1759-1839)" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed September 29, 2023. https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/600ac580-c7f1-0135-345c-01b4bc9211ec

APA Format

New York Public Library Archives, The New York Public Library. (1809 - 1815). Robert Lenox (1759-1839) Retrieved from https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/600ac580-c7f1-0135-345c-01b4bc9211ec

Wikipedia Citation

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Robert Lenox (1759-1839)