Robert Lenox (1759-1839)
NamesJarvis, John Wesley, 1780-1840 (Artist)
Paintings at the New York Public Library
Dates / OriginDate Created: 1809 - 1815 (Approximate)
Library locationsNew York Public Library ArchivesShelf locator: Edna Barnes Salomon Room Paintings
TopicsLenox, Robert, 1759-1839
NotesAcquisition: Lenox family; James Lenox; Lenox Library Collection
Physical DescriptionOil paintings
DescriptionThis 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 ResourceStill image
IdentifiersOther local Identifier: Lenox Library Art Gallery projectUniversal Unique Identifier (UUID): 984e6420-c7de-0135-02dc-0517baf6b850
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