Lieutenant John Trumbull Ray (Q20487398)

Label from: English (en)

artist: Thomas Seir Cummings (Q7793863)
collection: Smithsonian American Art Museum (Q1192305)
location: Smithsonian American Art Museum (Q1192305)
country of origin: United States of America (Q30)
depicts: portrait (Q134307) man (Q8441) sideburns (Q890356) military uniform (Q1196123)
instance of: painting (Q3305213)
Smithsonian American Art Museum ID: 6050

information from the Smithsonian American Art Museum catalog

description: John Trumbull Ray was the illegitimate son of Captain John Trumbull, one of colonial America’s leading portrait painters. Following the death of his first love, Trumbull had an affair with one of his brother’s servants, a woman named Temperance Ray. She bore a son in 1792 who strongly resembled Trumbull. Trumbull provided money for the boy’s upbringing, passing him off as his “nephew.” Against his father’s wishes, Ray enlisted in the British army in 1812, and served in the Peninsular War under Wellington. In 1814 he was made lieutenant, and arranged to have Andrew Robertson, a leading Scottish miniaturist, paint his portrait. Thomas Seir Cummings made two copies of that miniature, one of which is on display here.
keywords Portrait male – Ray, John Trumbull – bust Occupation – military – captain

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