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Portrait of Dr. John Talbot Harrison


An oil on canvas portrait of Dr. John Talbot Harrison (1784 - 1863) by an unknown artist.  Harrison is wearing a black jacket and white collared shirt. He is seated with his right arm slung over the back of his chair. A red cloth curtain, which is in the upper left portion of the painting, hangs in front of a window in the background.  The window overlooks water leading to land in the far background.  Harrison may have sat in his home on Staten Island for this portrait.

Dr. John Talbot Harrison was born in Rahway, New Jersey and spent his adult life living and working on Staten Island.  He served as the Health Officer of the quarantine station on the island.  He supervised the quarantining of vessels from abroad, took care of the sick, and made reports.  After leaving the quarantine station, Dr. Harrison went into private practice and also became a community leader.  His house, located in Elm Park, faced Newark Bay.  Harrison served as the surgeon for the 146th Regiment of the Richmond County Infantry during the War of 1812.  In 1829, he served a term in the New York State Assembly.  He was a member of the State Constitutional Convention, and, in 1840, was a presidential elector in the contest between William Henry Harrison and Martin Van Buren.  Harrison Avenue in Port Richmond commemorates the Harrison family.

Title: Portrait of Dr. John Talbot Harrison

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dates: c. 1825

Dimensions: 30.25" H x 24" W

Culture: American

Accession Number: A1940.3151

Credit: Gift of Miss E.T. Harrison

Tags: 19th century, harrison, john talbot harrison, oil, painting, portrait, staten island