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Unidentified Man (potential cousin of Captain Rogers) - Frederick R. Spencer



This portrait of an Unidentified Man (potentially a cousin of Captain Albert Rogers) is depicted wearing a formal black jacket while sitting with hands folded on his lap. The portrait was done by the artist Frederick R. Spencer, who also painted the portrait of Captain Rogers that resides in the Gift Shop of the Southampton History Museum above the fireplace.


Spencer was born in Lennox, New York and went to NYC in 1825 to study under John Trumbull at the American Academy of the Fine Arts. By 1827 he had returned to his family home in Canastota and commenced his work with portraiture. Returning to NYC in 1831, he and his works were quite successful. Becoming an academician of the American Academy in 1832, he served on its board directors from 1833 to 1835. He became an associate member of the National Academy of Design in 1837, a full academician in 1846, and corresponding secretary of the organization from 1849 to 1850, when he refused re-election in order to dedicate himself to painting. In 1858, Spencer retired to upstate New York. Spencer died at Wampsville on April 3, 1875.

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