Portrait of Judge Daniel Cony of Maine (1752-1842)
On View In:
Gallery 335
Artist:   Gilbert Charles Stuart  
Title:   Portrait of Judge Daniel Cony of Maine (1752-1842)  
Date:   c. 1815  
Medium:   Oil on panel  
Dimensions:   28 1/4 x 22 3/4 in. (71.76 x 57.79 cm) (canvas)  
Credit Line:   Gift of Mrs. Allyn K. Ford  
Location:   Gallery 335  

Another example of Stuart's sober, half-length portrait style, this fine painting of Judge Cony dates from about 1815. It is one of the most recent accessions of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Daniel Cony, depicted here, moved with his parents and his wife to Hallowell, Maine, outside Portland, in 1778. He became one of that region's most prominent citizens, being made a Judge of the Court of Common Pleas and later a Judge of Probate for Kennebec County. He was also an Overseer of Bowdoin College and the founder of Cony Female Academy. In this portrait, Cony is presented in three-quarter position; he is simply and dignifiedly dressed and holds in his hand a book, traditionally known in the family as a volume of his favorite author, the Roman playwright and legal essayist, Seneca.

Name:   Stuart, Gilbert Charles  
Nationality:   American  
Life Dates:   American, 1755 - 1828  

Object Description  
Inscriptions:   No visible signature.  
Classification:   Paintings  
Physical Description:   Portrait of a man, half-length, seated, three quarters right in an armchair of yellowish wood, upholstered in red, at a table covered with a red cloth on which are two upright brown leather books - and two lying down - all with red labels. His right hand rests on another similar book; a volume of Seneca, which rests on his lap. A narrow black enameled ring encircles his second finger. His blue eyes are directed to the spectator and his white hair is brushed forward over his forehead and above his ears. He wears a high collared black coat, a white standing collar, and white neckcloth. The background is plain and of grayish-brown tones.  
Creation Place:   North America, United States, , ,  
Accession #:   75.29.1  
Owner:   The Minneapolis Institute of Arts