Christian Gullager

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Christian Gullager (March 1, 1759 – November 12, 1826) was a Danish-American artist specializing in portraits and theatrical scenery in the late 18th century. He worked in Boston, Massachusetts,[1] New York, and Philadelphia. [2]

Biography[edit]

Amandus Christian Gullager was born to Christian Guldager Prang and Marie Elisabeth Dalberg in Copenhagen. He trained at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts where he was awarded a silver medal in 1780. Gullager moved to Boston by 1786. In 1792, Gullager established a drawing academy at his house on Tremont Hill in Boston. Gullager worked in Newburyport in 1786, in Boston from 1789-1797, in New York City from 1797-1798, in Philadelphia 1798-1805, and in New York again in 1806–07. He died during 1826 in Philadelphia and was buried at the Second Presbyterian Church Yard, Third and Arch Streets. [3]

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Selected Works[edit]

In America, portrait subjects included president George Washington.[5] He designed scenery for Boston's Federal Street Theatre.[6][7]

Gullager created portraits of:

Portrait of John May, 1789 (American Antiquarian Society)
  • Joseph Ball
  • Captain Offin Boardman, about 1787[8]
  • Benjamin Greenleaf Boardman, about 1787[8]
  • Sarah Greenleaf Boardman (Mrs. Offin Boardman) ca.1787[8]
  • Reverend Eli Forbes
  • John May (1748–1812), 1789[9]
  • David Plumer
  • Mary Sargent Plumer (Mrs. David Plumer)
  • Elizabeth Sewall Salisbury (Mrs. Samuel Salisbury), 1789[8]
  • Martha Saunders Salisbury (Mrs. Nicholas Salisbury), 1789[8]
  • Stephen Salisbury, 1789[8]
  • Daniel Waldo (1724–1808), 1789[8]
  • Rebecca Salisbury Waldo (Mrs. Daniel Waldo), 1789[8]
  • George Washington, 1789[8]
  • Abigail Leonard West (1796–1879), c. 1796[9]
  • David West, Jr. (1790–1825), c. 1796[9]
  • David West, Sr. (1765–1810), c. 1796[9]
  • Jeremiah Williams, ca.1780[10]
  • Mathilda Davis Williams, ca.1791[10]

Image gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Boston Directory, 1789
  2. ^ "Christian Gullager, Biography of the Artist". Worcesterart.org. Retrieved December 20, 2015. 
  3. ^ Barbara Wells Sarudy. "American Artist Christian Gullager 1759-1826". It's About Time. Retrieved December 20, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Guide to the Second Presbyterian Church (Philadelphia, Pa.) Records". Presbyterian Historical Society. Retrieved December 20, 2015. 
  5. ^ Herald of Freedom, Nov. 11, 1789
  6. ^ Polar Star (Boston), Jan. 25, 1797
  7. ^ Philadelphia Gazette, June 17, 1796
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i Worcester Art Museum. Christian Gullager (1759–1826). Retrieved 2010-07
  9. ^ a b c d American Antiquarian Society. Portraits at the American Antiquarian Society. Retrieved 2010-07
  10. ^ a b Smithsonian American Art Museum. Gullager. Retrieved 2010-07


Further reading[edit]

  • Christian Gullager, 1759–1826 (Worcester Art Museum) June 18–September 6, 1949.
  • Christian Gullager: Portrait Painter to Federal America (National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C.) April 23–September 20, 1976.

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