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Portrait of Isaac Backus (1724-1806)

1939.34 (RS5160)

Description

Modeled colored wax relief portrait of man facing left wearing a red jacket, green waistcoat and white wig, set on glass in a deep veneered wood frame.

Details

Maker
unknown
Date
1800-1850
Inscriptions
[in pencil] "Return to W.S. Appleton / 141 Cambridge St. Boston" [typed] "BACKUS, Isaac, an American Baptist / clergyman, born at Norwich, Conn., / in 1724, died Nov. 20, 1806. He left / the Congregational church for the / Separatists, derisively styled "New / Lights," a secession from the "standi- / ing order" on grounds connected with / controversies that grew out of the / great revival under Edwards and / Whitefield. The Separatists largely / sympathized with the Baptists, among / whom Mr. Backus became a leader. To / his exertions the Baptist denomina- / tion in America is largely indebted / for its prosperity. He was sent in / 1774 as an agent to claim from con- / gress, then in session in Philadel- / phia, the same liberties for the / Baptist that were accorded to other / churches. In his writings upon the / constitution of the church he advo- / cated the entire separation of the / church from the state. He was one / of the most voluminous of American / Baptist writers, and left a valuable / history of that denomination, of which / a new edition, edited by the Rev. / David Weston, was published in 1871, / under the auspices of the "Backus / Historical Society." (Paper label)
Material
glass (material)
Object type
Art
Descriptive terms
glass (material)
Picture
Portrait
portraits
People and organizations
Backus, Isaac, 1724-1806
Dimensions
8 1/4 x 7 x 3/4 (HxWxD) (inches)
Accession Number
1939.34
GUSN
103872

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