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Nom de l'objet : painting
Titre : Mr. Daniel Babbit, Aged 85 Years
Artiste ou artisan : MacDonald, Thomas
Catégorie de l'objet : Communication Artifacts
Sous-catégorie de l'objet : Art
Médium : watercolour
Support : wove paper
Numéro d'accession : 2010.1
Province d'origine : New Brunswick
Pays d'origine : Canada
Province d'utilisation : New Brunswick
Pays d'utilisation : Canada
Culture : Canadian
Date de fin de production : 1829
Commentaires : Daniel Babbit was born about 1744 in New Milford, Connecticut, the son of Quakers, Elkanah and Obedience Babbit. At the time of the Revolution he was living at Fredericksburg, Dutchess County, New York, and married to Mary Close, a sister of Lieut. Close of the American Army. On 16 July 1779, Babbit entered the British lines at Kings Bridge and during the war served as a farrier on Long Island. At the close of the war he, like thousands of other Loyalists, migrated to the St. John River in the summer of 1783. That fall, he removed his wife and five children to the Gagetown area. Within three years he had built a house and by the 1790s he was a leading member in the Anglican Church and the wider community, working as a blacksmith and farmer and welcoming several more children. He was a strong churchman who served for forty years as warden of the parish church and donated the lot on which St. John's Church was built in 1790. His first wife died in July 1795 and by 1798 he had married Rhoda Annis Cronk, with whom he had several more children. Daniel Babbit died in July 1830. The artist, Thomas MacDonald, was born in 1784 or 1785, and traveled the St. John River Valley in the early 19th century making a living painting portraits of local residents, including Samuel Leonard Tilley and his sister Elizabeth in the 1820s. He died in 1862 and is buried at Gagetown. MacDonald, along with Anthony Flower and Reverend Abraham Wood, form an impressive artistic trio working in Queens County in the 19th century. Their art serves as a touchstone to the past that documents our ancestors and our community in a period for which we have few visual or written representations. MacDonald is recognized as a leading pre-Confederation folk artist of national significance and his works are in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada, Library & Archives Canada, the New Brunswick Museum, and the Beaverbrook Art Gallery. Queens County Heritage is privileged to have two of MacDonald's works already in our collection: a portrait of Miss Charlotte Bell, 1820, and the McAlpine Family Record, c. 1850. This portrait of Daniel Babbit is one of the finest representations of MacDonald's extant works, a tribute to the care taken by his descendents for so many years, and an extremely valuable addition to our fine art collection.
Hauteur : 19.4
Largeur : 15
Unité de mesure linéaire : cm
Étiquette ou poinçon : b.c., Mr. Daniel Babbit
/ Aged 85 Years
Établissement : Queens County Heritage
Ville de l'établissement : Gagetown
Province de l'établissement : New Brunswick
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