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

Delaplaine, Joseph, 1777-1824

Collector, Publisher


Collection Information

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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.

Language Note

English .

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reel 4982 (fr. 1373-1376) available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

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How to Cite This Collection

Joseph Delaplaine letter: Philadelphia, [P.A.], to Ezra C. Gross, 1819 Dec. 21. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.