Mrs. Nathaniel Thayer (1823-1897)
Overall: 21 x 15 x 9 in. ( 53.3 x 38.1 x 22.9 cm )
inscriptions: signed under shoulder, back of base: "R. S. GREENOUGH. SC./1849."
Cornelia Paterson Van Rensselaer was the daughter of Stephen Van Rensselaer (1789-1868) of Albany, tenth patroon, and Harriet Elizabeth (Bayard) Van Rensselaer. She married Nathanial Thayer (1808-83), a financier and philanthropist, on June 10, 1846. Richard S. Greenough was a younger brother of Horatio Greenough, one of America's first academy-trained sculptors. This portrait was modeled before the artist's departure for Italy, cast in plaster, and carved in marble after his arrival in Rome.
Gift of Kiliaen Van Rensselaer
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