Joseph Delaplaine letter: Philadelphia, [P.A.], to Ezra C. Gross, 1819 Dec. 21

Delaplaine, Joseph, b. 1777 d. 1824
Collector, Publisher
Active in Philadelphia, Pa.

Collection size: 1 p.

Collection Summary: A letter from Delaplaine to Ezra C. Gross in the House of Representatives, "soliciting the honour of your portrait" for Delaplaine's "Gallery of portraits." Delaplaine comments on his gallery, suggests [Charles Bird] King as a possible portraitist, and offers to pay half of King's fee.

Biographical/Historical Note: Delaplaine (1777-1824) compiled Delaplaine's Repository of the Lives and Portraits of Distinguished American Characters (1815-1818). Ezra C. Gross was a Congressman, ca. 1820; Elizabeth, New York.

The donor Anna Marie Ettell, according to acquisition information, "has copies of Delaplaine's repository - former staff member." The gift was received through Tina Morelli of the National Portrait Gallery.

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