Portraits of American loyalists depicted in the uniforms they wore when they fought against the patriot cause are rare. Emily Parsons discusses a recently acquired oil painting of Colonel James DeLancey of Westchester County, New York, who led several loyalist cavalry and infantry units during the war. Attributed to itinerant artist John Durand, the portrait was painted ca. 1778-1782. Ms. Parsons also discusses DeLancey’s activities during the Revolution and his portrait in the context of other eighteenth-century depictions of American loyalists.
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