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image of John Beale Bordley Charles Willson Peale (painter)
American, 1741 - 1827
John Beale Bordley, 1770
oil on canvas
overall: 200.8 x 147.4 cm (79 1/16 x 58 1/16 in.) framed: 215 x 161.6 x 7.6 cm (84 5/8 x 63 5/8 x 3 in.)
Gift of The Barra Foundation, Inc.
1984.2.1
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From the Tour: American Portraits of the Late 1700s and Early 1800s
Object 2 of 8

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Edmund Jenings [1731-1819], London, the sitter's half-brother. L. LeRoy Highbaugh, Sr. [1889-1965], and L. LeRoy Highbaugh, Jr. [b. 1928], Louisville, Kentucky; gift of Mr. and Mrs. LeRoy Highbaugh, Jr., to The Stetson University, Deland and St. Petersburg, Florida, 1973.[1] (Kennedy Galleries, New York, 1973);[2] purchased 1974 by the Barra Foundation, Inc., Wyndmoor, Pennsylvania;[3] gift 1984 to NGA.

[1] Bruce Jacob, dean of The Stetson University College of Law, stated in a telephone interview on 14 August 1989 that L. LeRoy Highbaugh Sr. found the portrait in a house in Louisville and donated it to the law college in the late 1950s or early 1960s. Jacob said he learned this from the late Ollie Edmunds, president of the university at the time. According to the document titled "Gift From L. LeRoy Highbaugh Jr., Dorothy L. Highbaugh to John B. Stetson University" in NGA curatorial files, the transfer of ownership took place in 1973.

[2] Letter from Russell E. Burke III, senior vice president, Kennedy Galleries, New York, 29 March 1984, in NGA curatorial file.

[3] Letter from Gail H. Fahmer, program officer, The Barra Foundation, Inc., 19 March 1984, in NGA curatorial file.

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