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August Belmont and Isabel Perry

August Belmont and Isabel Perry
Artist
Wouterus Verschuur, 11 Jun 1812 - 4 Jul 1874
Sitter
August Belmont, 8 Dec 1816 - 24 Nov 1890
Isabel Perry, 19th Century
Caroline Slidell Perry Belmont, 1829 - 1892
Date
1854
Type
Painting
Medium
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
Stretcher: 91.4 x 124.5 x 3.8cm (36 x 49 x 1 1/2")
Frame: 100.6 x 133.4 x 6.4cm (39 5/8 x 52 1/2 x 2 1/2")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Paul Mellon
Restrictions & Rights
CC0
Object number
NPG.80.138
Exhibition Label
During the economic depression known as the panic of 1837, August Belmont-in the United States as an enterprising employee of Germany's Rothschild Bank-scouted the opportunities, resigned from his job, and shortly amassed a fortune, founding the firm of August Belmont and Company. Becoming an American citizen, Belmont turned to politics, and his support for the Democrats was rewarded with ambassadorships to Austria and the Netherlands. A staunch Unionist, Belmont used his European connections to argue the North's cause in both England and on the Continent. He was a patron of the arts and an avid sportsman, and his style of conspicuous consumption anticipated a later generation of American tycoons. Belmont further enhanced his public profile when he married the glamorous daughter of naval hero Matthew Perry in 1849.
Provenance
(Schweitzer Gallery, New York 1977). Paul Mellon; gift to NPG 1980
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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Exhibition
American Origins
On View
NPG, East Gallery 132
Place
Netherlands