DEPEW, Senator Chauncey M. (1893/1894)

Unfinished oil sketch, on which the artist has written ‘Souvenir to a great friend, A. Muller-Ury.’

Peekskill Museum, 124 Union Avenue, Peekskill 10566, New York.

Gift of the artist, 1918, through Mr. Leverett F. Crumb one of the Trustees of the Village of Peekskill. (Letter dated September 17, 1918, in the artist’s papers.)

The Highland Democrat, Peekskill NY, Saturday, February 22, 1919, p. 2

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Of the two pictures today in the Peekskill Museum, it is assumed that this portrait is that given by the artist in 1918 and catalogued accordingly.

Muller-Ury photographed in his studio in 1893/4 by Edwin Scott Bennett with his oil sketch of Depew. The handwritten date 1916 is spurious.

The Highland Democrat of February 22, 1919 reported that the village of Peekskill trustees held a meeting on the Tuesday preceding and that the president read the following:
‘To the Board of Trustees of the Village of Peekskill;
Gentlemen: —
I have the honor in present to you and through you to the village of Peekskill, a portrait of Chauncey M. Depew. This portrait has been sent to Peekskill by the artist Adolph Muller-Ury.
The history of the portrait is that some years since Mr Muller-Ury was…[illegible text]…paint two portraits…[illegible text]…presented to the Republican Club of the City of New York and the other to the Yale Club. At that time Mr Muller-Ury asked the privilege of painting a portrait for himself, as he was a great admirer of the Senator. He did so and it remained in his studio until a short time since when he communicated to me that he would be pleased to have it placed at the City Hall in Peekskill with his compliments. I have communicated with Mr Depew and he pronounced it a good portrait and one that if the people of Peekskill desired to accept, it was well worth their accepting in evidence of the generosity upon the part of Mr Muller-Ury.
Respectfully submitted,
Leverett F. Crumb
The article goes on to say that the ‘picture was accepted and a suitable resolution of thanks to the donor was ordered prepared and sent to him’ and that the ‘picture was ordered placed on the wall of the meeting room.’

I am grateful to John Curran for his assistance with this picture.