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Wolfert Webber at the Inn (Wolfert Webber's Golden Dream)
Oil on canvas
27 x 34 inches
Purchase with funds from Margaret and Terry Stent Endowment for the Acquisition of American Art
On View - Stent Family Wing, Second Level, Gallery 207
John Quidor struggled for patronage at a time when portrait painting was most marketable, rather than paintings of imaginary or literary scenes. He had turned to literary themes in the 1830s, drawing inspiration from the popular writings of Washington Irving. Here Quidor illustrates the culminating moment of Irving’s tale of historical fiction, Wolfert Webber’s Golden Dream (1824), which was fancifully set in the seventeenth-century Dutch colony of New York. The main protagonist, Wolfert Webber, celebrates his new wealth as a real estate magnate—his cabbage farm was situated on desirable acreage for developers expanding the city limits on the isle of Manhattan.