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Call #:
1923.9.1
Title:
Reverend Gideon Babcock Perry
Collection type:
Paintings
Author/Creator :
  • Pope, John
  • Date:
    1859
    Object type:
    8: Communication Artifacts; Art; Portrait
    Materials:
    oil
    canvas
    Description:
    Half length seated portrait of a middle-aged man wearing black clerical robe with white collar. He has curly brown hair and deep-set eyes and holds a book in his left hand. There is a classical column in background.
    Dimensions:
    Height:35.75 in x Width:28.625 in
    Research Notes:
    Miss. Perry bequeathed this portrait of her father as well as a pastel of her mother, Abby Perry. Reverend Perry was a member of the celebrated Perry family of Rhode Island, and a cousin of the naval hero Oliver Hazard Perry. Known for his pulpit eloquence, Perry, who earned a medical degree at Jefferson College in Philadelphia while pastor of the Old Spruce Street Church, had parishes in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Illinois, and Ohio. In 1866 he became recor of Grace Episcopal Church in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, where he died on September 30, 1879. His portait by John Pope, an obscure portrait, landscape and genre painter, was painted in New York City in 1859. The Society owns a portait of his wife, Abby Brown Stewart Perry, aslo by John Pope.
    Provenance:
    Bequest of Emily B. Perry , 1923
    Bibliographic References:
    Goodyear, Frank Henry,. American paintings in the Rhode Island Historical Society, by Frank H. Goodyear, Jr. Providence,: Rhode Island Historical Society,, 1974., (Goodyear Jr., Frank H. American Paintings in the Rhode Island Historical Society. Providence, RI: the Rhode Island Historical Society, 1974. Image 114, page 89.) The New-York Historical Society's Dictionary of Artists in America 1564-1860 New Haven and New London: 1966, p. 511 Memorial to the Reverend Gideon Babcock Perry Hopkinsville, KY: 1879,
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