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PAINTING

Category
PAINTINGS & PRINTS
Object Name
PAINTING
Maker/Artist
Durand, John\attributed
MESDA Craftsman ID Number
10023,52642,70978
Place Made
Virginia
Date
1776 –circa
Materials
oil on canvas
Dimensions
[Overall Ht]33 1/2″ __[Overall Wdth]27 1/2″ __[Overall Depth] __[Overall Len] __[Overall Diam] __[Other]sight measurement
Description
portrait of a man in a three-quarter pose facing right, right elbow close to the top of a Queen Anne chair, left right hand resting on a post, seascape with ship in background, vest partially unbuttoned, unbuttoned jacket, dark hair with receding hairline and sideburns, ruffled cuffs on shirt
Object Location
private collection
Photo Number
S-5172
Decoration
seascape in the background
File Location
PAINTINGS/Durand, John
History
The portrait descended in the family of the great-great-great-grandfather of present owner.
Alterations-Condition
__relined __in-painting at nose and several places on outside of face __ __dark varnish
Subjects
Edward Archer 1747-1807 __The subject was a merchant of Norfolk, Virginia. He was born on June 16, 1747 and died on February 27, 1807. He was the son of Captain Edward Archer and his second wife, Dinah, nee Belgrove. They were married on September 5, 1761. During the Revolutionary War he was a commissary for supplying the army and eventually he was appointed Postmaster of Norfolk by George Washington which he held until his death inl 1804. Captain Edward Archer, father of the subject, was married first to Mary Dale (1714-1757) in 1733. The one child to live to maturity from that marriage was John (1754-1793). Archer and his second wife, Dinah, had several children including Edward, Mary, Susan (Susannah), Frances and Dinah. __See Craftsman database and MESDA’s photographic files for informtion on the artist, John Durand.
Examined
Bradford L. Rauschenberg –Frank L. Horton –Elizabeth Dahill __11/06/1975 __after restoration–ECP,BLR,FLH examined the piece on 04/06/1976