Port. of Lieut. Gov. Cadwallader Colden and a little Girl his Daughter, (painting)
Pratt, Matthew b. 1734
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 142
As a literary and scientific man, we are all indebted to Gov. Colden. He ruled over the province of New-York at various periods; and, during the riots occasioned by the stamp-act in 1769, his government was a most turbulent scene, especially in this city: as it was again, at a later day, in the absence of Gov. Tryon. Gov. Colden died at an advanced age, in the year 1775, in the village of Flushing, L.I. Matthew Pratt. This gentleman was born in Philadelphia in 1734. Mr. Pratt accompanied the father of B. West, when the old gentleman, with Miss Sewell, crossed the Atlantic, and Pratt gave away the bride to his friend West in St. Martin's Church, London. Mr. Pratt studied with Mr. West, and painted in Ireland before returning home. In Philadelphia he painted many portraits, and likewise in New-York. He died in the year 1805. (See Hist. of Arts of Des.) [Pp. 20-21.]
Catalogue. Descriptive, Biographical and Historical, of the Exhibition of Select Paintings, by Modern Artists, principally American, and living, under the Direction of a Committee of Amateurs. The Paintings borrowed for this particular purpose from friends to the arts. At the Stuyvesant Institute, for four weeks only from the day of opening, Nov. 19, 1838. New York: Printed by G.P. Scott. 1838.