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Artist:
William Jewett, 1792 - 1874  Search this
Sitter:
John Summerfield, 1798 - 1825  Search this
Medium:
Oil on panel
Dimensions:
Panel: 26 x 20.6 x 0.6cm (10 1/4 x 8 1/8 x 1/4")
Frame: 40 x 34.6 x 5.4cm (15 3/4 x 13 5/8 x 2 1/8")
Type:
Painting
Date:
c. 1821-1825
Exhibition Label:
In 1821, John Summerfield, a young Methodist evangelist, arrived in New York from England to preach a gospel of salvation. A religious revival was stirring in the United States, and Summerfield found a receptive audience. In Washington the crowds that came to hear him were so great that he was forced to move outside and preach on the steps of the Capitol. "When he becomes animated," a newspaper account reported, "he appears as if the very breathings of the Spirit were on him and his countenance is lighted with a fire bright and holy."
Summerfield was painted by his fellow Methodist William Jewett before "disease marred his youthful beauty." He died of tuberculosis at the age of twenty-seven, a month after he helped found the American Tract Society, established to carry the gospel across the expanding country.
Provenance:
Previous Owner: Donor Inherited From Marguerite Hakill Hoese
Topic:
Printed Material\Book  Search this
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Table  Search this
John Summerfield: Male  Search this
John Summerfield: Religion and Spirituality\Clergy\Minister  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Joan B. Anderson
Object number:
NPG.86.214
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
Exhibition:
American Origins
On View:
NPG, East Gallery 136
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NPG.86.214