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Portrait of Dr. James Mease (1771-1846). Half-length portrait of a balding man wearing a black jacket over a high collared beige vest and high collared white shirt. Mease holds an open book entitled "Lecture II" in his right hand. Rust-red colored background. Gilt frame with carved leaves in the corners. James Mease was a prominent Philadelphia doctor whose daughter, Mary Middleton Mease, married John Langdon's grandson, Dr. Alfred Langdon Elwyn, Sr.
oil painting (technique)
oil paint (paint)
wood (plant material)
Centennial Acquisitions Exhibiton, October 22nd-23rd, 30th-31st, 2010:James Mease was a Philadelphia physician and author whose books included Archives of Useful Knowledge, Geological Account of the United States, and Picture of Philadelphia. Meases portrait came into the Langdon family through his daughter, who married John Langdons grandson. The artist Thomas Sully trained in England and moved to the United States to become Philadelphias leading portrait painter in the early nineteenth century.
"KF 2967" (orange chalk)
"KF 2967" (Orange Chalk)
"Academy Art Shop / 989 Lexington Avenue, New York City / Near 72nd Street / PICTURE FRAMING / Etchings, Water colors, Rare prints / R H. 4-5060" (printed)
"Dr. James Mease father / of Mary Middleton Mease / (Elwyn) ; wife of John Langdon's / grandson Alfred Langdon Elwyn / Painted by Sully 1835" (handwritten)
Used At Governor John Langdon House (Portsmouth, N.H.),
Sully, Thomas, 1783-1872 (Artist)
40 x 32.5 (HxW) (inches)
Bequest of Frances S. Warrick