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Artist:
Jeremiah Theus, 5 Apr 1716 - 17 May 1774  Search this
Sitter:
Ralph Izard, 1742 - 1804  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
110.5 x 76.2cm (43 1/2 x 30")
Frame: 127 x 91.4cm (50 x 36")
Type:
Painting
Date:
1754
Exhibition Label:
Born Charleston, South Carolina
South Carolina planter Ralph Izard is seen here at the age of twelve, just before his departure for England to begin his formal education. He had recently inherited his family estate, The Elms, upon the death of both parents. In 1776 Izard and his wife, Alice DeLancey, moved to Paris, where he assisted in diplomatic efforts and in securing funding to build ships for the war against England. Returning to Charleston with his family after the Revolution, Izard was a member of the Continental Congress and served as one of South Carolina’s first United States senators. A defender of the institution of slavery and an architect of the federal court system, Izard was also one of the founders of the College of Charleston.
This rare full-length portrait by Jeremiah Theus shows how successfully the Swiss-born artist had mastered the poses and settings of English portraiture after settling in Charleston.
Ralph Izard, hacendado de South Carolina, aparece aquí a la edad de doce años, justo antes de partir hacia Inglaterra para comenzar su educación formal. Recientemente había heredado la hacienda familiar, The Elms, al morir el padre y la madre. En 1776 Izard y su esposa, Alice DeLancey, se trasladaron a París, donde él colaboró en gestiones diplomáticas y en la obtención de financiamiento para construir barcos para la guerra contra Inglaterra. Después de la Revolución, regresó a Charleston con su familia y fue miembro del Congreso Continental, además de uno de los primeros senadores de Estados Unidos por South Carolina. Defensor de la esclavitud y arquitecto del sistema de tribunales federales, Izard fue también uno de los fundadores de la universidad pública College of Charleston.
Este retrato en el inusual formato de cuerpo entero, realizado por Jeremiah Theus, demuestra que el maestro suizo había llegado a dominar plenamente las poses y ambientaciones del estilo retratista inglés luego de radicarse en Charleston.
Topic:
Exterior\Landscape  Search this
Nature & Environment\Plant\Tree  Search this
Costume\Headgear\Hat\Tricorne  Search this
Ralph Izard: Male  Search this
Ralph Izard: Politics and Government\Diplomat  Search this
Ralph Izard: Natural Resources\Agriculturist\Planter  Search this
Ralph Izard: Politics and Government\Patriot  Search this
Ralph Izard: Politics and Government\US Senator\South Carolina  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: Private collection
Object number:
L/NPG.1.2011
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Catalog of American Portraits
Exhibition:
American Origins
On View:
NPG, East Gallery 150a
Data Source:
Catalog of American Portraits
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm4d3f77598-0dab-40e1-9b99-ea1fd1a5fb2b
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_L_NPG.1.2011