Lieutenant John Trumbull Ray (Q20502991)

Label from: English (en)

artist: Archibald Robertson (Q17747277)
collection: Smithsonian American Art Museum (Q1192305)
location: Smithsonian American Art Museum (Q1192305)
country of origin: United States of America (Q30)
Smithsonian American Art Museum ID: 21049

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; in 1792 she bore a son 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 this miniature painted by Andrew Robertson. The artist Thomas Seir Cummings made a copy of Robertson’s painting, which is also in this collection. [see 1942.11.9]
keywords Occupation – military – colonel

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