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Cornelis Wynkoop

Date: ca. 1743
Dimensions:
43 x 25 in. (109.2 x 63.5 cm.)
frame: 52 3/4 x 44 1/2 x 2 1/4 in. (134 x 113 x 5.7 cm.)
Medium: oil on panel
Credit Line: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Gift of the Virginia Steele Scott Foundation
Object Number: 83.8.49
Label Text:In this portrait Cornelius Wynkoop points to the sources of his family's wealth - land, animals, and slaves - which he will later inherit. As a grown man, he fought in the American Revolution, becoming a colonel in the Continental Army. In 1792, Wynkoop was killed by one of his slaves; thus his gesture of ownership eerily foreshadows his death.

Pieter Vanderlyn was a self-taught portrait-painter, or "limner," who depicted Dutch landowners and their children in the Hudson River Valley during the first half of the 18th century. Vanderlyn often based the poses and costumes of his figures on engraved portraits of English aristocrats by artists like Peter Lely and Godfrey Kneller (whose work is on view in the Huntington Art Gallery).