Jared Bradley Flagg

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Jared Bradley Flagg
Born(1820-06-16)June 16, 1820
DiedSeptember 25, 1899(1899-09-25) (aged 79)
Alma materTrinity College
Columbia University
OccupationMinister, painter
Sarah Montague
(m. 1841; her death 1844)

Amelia Louisa Hart
(m. 1846; her death 1867)

Josephine Bond
(m. 1869; his death 1899)
Children7, including Ernest Flagg
Parent(s)Henry Collins Flagg
Martha Whiting Flagg
RelativesGeorge Whiting Flagg (brother)
Washington Allston (uncle)

Jared Bradley Flagg (June 16, 1820 – September 25, 1899) was an American painter.

Early life[edit]

Flagg was born on June 16, 1820 in New Haven, Connecticut.[1] He was a son of Martha (née Whiting) Flagg (1792–1875) and Henry Collins Flagg, the one time mayor of New Haven.[2] He was the younger brother of artists George Whiting Flagg and Henry Collins Flagg III.

The Flagg brothers all studied painting under their famous uncle, Washington Allston, and received some recognition of their own. In 1836, when he was only sixteen years old, Jared exhibited a portrait of his father in the National Academy and was favorably noticed by the critics.[3]


As a young man, Flagg settled in Hartford, Connecticut. He moved to New York in 1849 and was soon elected an academician. Jared pursued the study of theology at intervals with his art, and, in 1854, he entered the ministry of the Protestant Episcopal Church.[3] Flagg received the degree of A.M. from Trinity College in 1861, and that of S.T.D. from Columbia University in 1863.[1]

Flagg served as an Episcopal minister for a decade, including as Rector of Grace Church,[4] until he resumed the practice of his art. He occasionally painted ideal figure pictures but made portraits his specialty. Among Flagg's more notable portraits are of several of the judges of the New York Court of Appeals, including a three-quarter length of Chief Justice Sanford E. Church (which was placed in the new state capitol); Rhode Island Governor Daniel Russell Brown (which was placed in the Rhode Island State House); an 1887 life-size full-length portrait of William M. Evarts (which also hung in the capitol; and several portraits of Commodore Vanderbilt (one of which hangs in the directors' room at the Grand Central depot in New York); and William H. Vanderbilt, among others.[1] Other notable paintings by Jared Flagg include Holy Thoughts and Paul before Felix (1849), and Angelo and Isabella (1850).[3]

Flagg wrote a biography of his uncle Washington Allston, published by Charles Scribner's Sons in 1892.[5][6][7]

Notable portraits[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Flagg was married three times. His first marriage was to Sarah Montague (1823–1844) on December 30, 1841. Together, Sarah and Jared were the parents of:[8]

  • Montague Flagg (1842–1915), a portrait painter who married Elise Cordier (d. 1916).[9]

After Sarah's death in 1844, he remarried to Amelia Louisa Hart (1828–1867) on December 1, 1846. Amelia was a daughter of Dr. Samuel Hart and Orpha (née North) Hart. Her older brother, Samuel Waldo Hart, served as the Mayor of New Britain, Connecticut. Together, Jared and Amelia were the parents of:[10]

  • Charles Noel Flagg (1848–1916), an artist who married Ellen Fanny Earle (1852–1920), daughter of Morris Earle, in 1874.[11][12]
  • Jared Bradley Flagg Jr.(1853–1926), a New York City investor who was convicted of operating a Ponzi scheme with Daniel N. Morgan, who had been United States Treasurer under President Cleveland.[13][14]
  • Ernest Flagg (1857–1947), a notable architect who married Margaret Elizabeth Bonnell (1882–1978) in 1899.[15]
  • Washington Allston Flagg (1860–1903), who married Anna Davis Robins (1865–1939) in 1886. After his death, she married John Turner Atterbury in 1908.[16]
  • Louise Flagg (1862–1948), who married publisher Charles Scribner II.[17]
  • Rosalie Allston Flagg (1866–1949), who married William Dexter Jaffray (1863–1949).[18]

After Amelia's death in 1867, he married for the third time to Josephine Bond (1832–1911) in 1869. Josephine was a daughter of Lucy (née Strong) Bond and Judge William Key Bond, a former U.S. Representative from Ohio.[19]

Flagg died of heart disease on September 25, 1899 at 253 West 42nd Street, his residence in New York City.[3] After a funeral at St. Bartholomew's Church at the corner of 44th Street and Madison Avenue, he was buried at Evergreen Cemetery in New Haven.[20]


  1. ^ a b c "Obituary. Jared B. Flagg". The Sun. New York City. September 26, 1899. p. 9. Retrieved May 3, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
  2. ^ "Jared Bradley Flagg, 1820-1899". The Correspondence of James McNeill Whistler, Centre for Whistler Studies, University of Glasgow (2004). Retrieved 2007-05-19.[dead link]
  3. ^ a b c d "Death List of a Day. Jared B. Flagg" (PDF). The New York Times. 26 September 1899. Retrieved 9 October 2019.
  4. ^ "Married" (PDF). The New York Times. 3 November 1862. Retrieved 9 October 2019.
  5. ^ Flagg, Jared B. (1892). The life and letters of Washington Allston, with reproductions from Allston's pictures. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons.
  6. ^ "Review of The Life and Letters of Washington Allston by J. B. Flagg". The Athenaeum (No. 3447): 702–703. 18 November 1893.
  7. ^ "THE ARTIST ALLSTON'S LIFE; WORK IN EUROPE AND EMINENT FRIENDS HE MADE. THE LIFE AND LETTERS OF WASHINGTON ALLSTON. By Jared B. Flagg, N.A. With reproductions from Allston's pictures. 8vo. New-York: Charles Scrioner's Sons" (PDF). The New York Times. 27 November 1892. Retrieved 9 October 2019.
  8. ^ Flagg, Ernest. Genealogical Notes on the Founding of New England: My Ancestors Part in that Undertaking. Hartford, Conn., 1926, p. 135.
  9. ^ Dearinger, David Bernard; Design (U.S.), National Academy of (2004). Paintings and Sculpture in the Collection of the National Academy of Design: 1826-1925. Hudson Hills. pp. 194–195. ISBN 9781555950293. Retrieved 9 October 2019.
  10. ^ Flagg, Lucius C.S. Family Records of the Descendants of Gershom Flagg. Quincy, Ill., 1907, pp. 125, 128.
  11. ^ "CHARLES N. FLAGG, NOTED ARTIST, DEAD; President of Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts Dies in His Hartford Home. PORTRAITS WON HIM FAME Took Prizes In National and American Academies -- Founder of League of Art Students" (PDF). The New York Times. 11 November 1916. Retrieved 9 October 2019.
  12. ^ "MONTAGUE FLAGG.; Designer of Bankers' Trust Building Dies in Hartford" (PDF). The New York Times. 18 April 1924. Retrieved 9 October 2019.
  13. ^ "POSTAL INSPECTORS RAID JARED FLAGG; They Arrest Him, Daniel N. Morgan, Former U. S. Treasurer, and Six Others" (PDF). The New York Times. 24 September 1911. Retrieved 9 October 2019.
  14. ^ "PLAYED THE MARKET WITH PACK OF CARDS; Jared Flagg Showed to One Investor His Scheme of Speculation. MARGIN CLERK TESTIFIES Mrs. Childs Says the Money of Broker's Clients Was Blocked Off in "Units" of $10,000" (PDF). The New York Times. 22 October 1914. Retrieved 9 October 2019.
  15. ^ "ERNEST FLAGG, 90, ARCHITECT, IS DEAD; Dean of American Profession Designed U, S. Naval Academy and Local Singer Building" (PDF). The New York Times. 11 April 1947. Retrieved 9 October 2019.
  16. ^ Flagg, Ernest (1973). Genealogical Notes on the Founding of New England: My Ancestors Part in that Undertaking. Genealogical Publishing Com. ISBN 9780806305332. Retrieved 9 October 2019.
  17. ^ "Mrs. Charles Scribner" (PDF). The New York Times. 1 October 1948. Retrieved 9 October 2019.
  18. ^ Jaffray, Robert (1926). Jaffray Genealogy, Being An Account of a branch of this family which was particularly associated with Stirlingshire. Priv. Print. Retrieved 9 October 2019.
  19. ^ Flagg, Lucius Collins Strong (1907). Family records of the descendants of Gershom Flagg born 1730 of Lancaster, Massachusetts: with other genealogical records of the Flagg family descended from Thomas Flegg of Watertown, Mass., and including the Flegg lineage in England. Cadogan-Hatcher. p. 126. Retrieved 9 October 2019.
  20. ^ "DIED" (PDF). The New York Times. 27 September 1899. Retrieved 9 October 2019.

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