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Object ID 1897.001
Object Name Portrait
Title Captain Thomas MacDonough, Jr.
Collection Works of Art
Credit line DHS Purchase from Mrs. Zechariah Macdonough Roberts
Date circa 1824
Description Framed, oil on canvas portrait of Captain Thomas MacDonough, Jr. (1783 -1825), a naval officer who achieved fame during the War of 1812 commanding the American naval forces that defeated the British at the Battle of Plattsburg on Lake Champlain on September 11, 1814. The bust portrait depicts a young man with reddish hair dressed in a Naval uniform of the early 19th century with a high, dark stock around the neck and a heart pendant hanging below it.
Dimensions H-24.5 W-20.5 D-2.5 inches
Dimension Details framed dimensions
Provenance This portrait came from the family of Zechariah M. Roberts of Middletown, CT, and was purchased from them in January 1897 by Mr. Lewis C. Vandegrift (a Wilmington lawyer, local history buff, and author of a memoir on MacDonough), who presented it to the Delaware Historical Society. According to the family, the portrait was painted in Venice, Italy.
Subjects Paintings
Portraits
Portrait paintings
Naval warfare
Navies
People Macdonough, Jr., Thomas
Search Terms Lieutenant Thomas MacDonough, Jr.
Thomas MacDonough, Jr.
Portraits
Paintings
Portrait Paintings
Navy
Naval Officers
U.S. Navy
War of 1812
Middletown
New Castle County
Battle of Lake Champlain
Barbary Wars
Place of Origin Venice, Italy
Medium Oil on canvas