National Gallery of Art - THE COLLECTION
image of Benjamin and Eleanor Ridgely Laming Charles Willson Peale (painter)
American, 1741 - 1827
Benjamin and Eleanor Ridgely Laming, 1788
oil on canvas
overall: 106 x 152.5 cm (41 3/4 x 60 1/16 in.) framed: 125.1 x 171.5 x 7 cm (49 1/4 x 67 1/2 x 2 3/4 in.)
Gift of Morris Schapiro
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From the Tour: American Portraits of the Late 1700s and Early 1800s
Object 3 of 8


Mary Ridgely Palmer [Mrs. Henry Clay Palmer, 1852-1932], Baltimore.[1] Luke Vincent Lockwood [1872-1951] and his wife, Alice Gardner Burnell Lockwood [1874/1875-1954], Greenwich, Connecticut, by 1926;[2] (their sale, Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, 13-15 May 1954, no. 455).[3] Morris Schapiro [1882/1883-1969], Baltimore;[4] gift 1966 to NGA.

[1] The portrait is not listed in Mr. Laming's will; he left his property, unitemized, to his wife (will, proved 14 December 1792, Maryland State Archives, Will Book 5, 68-69; copy in NGA curatorial file). Nor is it in Mrs. Laming's will or inventory (will, proved 24 October 1829; Maryland State Archives, Will Book 13, 294-297; inventory, 22 April 1831; Maryland State Archives, Will Book 39, 361-374; copies of both in NGA curatorial file). It probably came to Mrs. Palmer, the great-granddaughter of Mrs. Laming's brother John Ridgely [d.1814], through Ridgely's son Edward [1791-1852], who was Mrs. Laming's heir. Genealogical information on the Lamings was provided by Lynne Hastings of the Hampton National Historic site, Towson, Maryland, and in Edward C. Papenfuse et al., A Biographical Dictionary of the Maryland Legislature, 1635-1789, 2 vols. (Baltimore and London, 1985), 2:681-691. On Mrs. Palmer see Henry Fletcher Powell, Tercentenary History of Maryland, 4 vols. (Chicago and Baltimore, 1925), 4: 717, and her obituary in The New York Times, 18 March 1932, 21.

[2] Mrs. Lockwood informed the Frick Art Reference Library of their ownership of the portrait on 18 March 1926 (letter from Helen Sanger, 24 August 1990, in NGA curatorial file). For the Lockwoods' dates see Who Was Who in America, (Chicago, 1951-1960), 3 (1963): 526 (Luke Vincent Lockwood) and The New York Times, 6 March 1954 (Mrs. Lockwood's obituary). The Lockwoods were collectors of American art and probably bought the painting from Mrs. Palmer.

[3] Parke-Bernet Galleries, XVII and XVIII Century American Furniture and Paintings, The Celebrated Collection Formed by the Late Mr. and Mrs. Luke Vincent Lockwood, [13-15 May 1954], New York, 1954, 128, repro. 129.

[4] Shapiro's obituary in The New York Times, 4 May 1969, identified him as the founder of the Boston Metals Company, Baltimore, and owner of the Laurel Race Course.

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