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Portrait of Caroline Haenchen Kreischer
An oil on canvas portrait of Caroline Haenchen Kreischer (d. 1852) by an unknown artist. The subject is seated in a red armchair that is turned to the proper right at a fourty five degree angle. She is wearing a blue silk ribbon at her neck, fastened with a gold brooch. The subject is also wearing a fan front bodice with a long shirred waist, probably made of silk, with needlework cuffs under her slim sleeves. Her needlework collar matches her cuffs. Her other jewelry includes a gold bracelet, long drop earrings, and a watch chain with a jeweled slide.
Caroline Haenchen Kreischer was the granddaughter of Henri LeCoq, who was a descendant of a French Huguenot family. The family name of LeCoq was changed to Haenchen to conform to the dialect of their adopted country. Caroline married Balthasar Kreischer, founder of Kreischer Brick Works and Kreischerville in Staten Island, on June 29, 1837. They bore four daughters and three sons. Louise Kreischer, whose estate gifted this painting to the museum, was the daughter of George Frederick Kreisher. George was the son of Balthasar and Caroline Kreischer.