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Gulian Verplanck

Artist:
John Singleton Copley (American, Boston, Massachusetts 1738–1815 London)
Date:
1771
Geography:
Made in New York, New York, United States
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
36 x 28 in. (91.4 x 71.1 cm) Framed: 43 1/2 x 35 3/16 x 2 5/8 in. (110.5 x 89.3 x 6.7 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Bayard Verplanck, 1949
Accession Number:
49.13
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 718
Gulian Verplanck (1751–1799) graduated from Kings’s College (now Columbia University) in 1768 and then spent several years in the Netherlands working at the banking firm of his maternal uncle, Daniel Crommelin. In 1788, following his return to New York, Gulian was elected to the state assembly, where he served twice as speaker. He also became president of the Bank of New York and, in 1792, helped found the Tontine Association, a precursor of the New York Stock Exchange. Fruitful in his private life as well, Gulian Verplanck had seven children.
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