The Becks are going on an upstate vacation...


Wednesday, 4/28/2010 12:00am

Among the earliest canvases in Historic Hudson Valley's collection are the half-length portraits of Caleb (1680-1733) and Anna Beck of Schenectady, relatives of the Van Cortlandt family.

The Becks, who normally grace the wall of the Parlor at Van Cortlandt Manor in Croton-on-Hudson (shown above), have been carefully taken down, packed for transport and sent off to the Schenectady Historical Society where they will be staying from May 10 to November 1 as part of the "Faces of Schenectady, 1715-1750." exhibition.

These portraits are attributed to Nehemiah Partridge (c. 1683-1730) and were probably painted around 1724.

Historical fact: Although painted on separate canvases, Captain and Mrs. Beck face each other in these depictions, making the pair a good example of the contemporary style for companion portraits.

Click here for full info on the Becks and where they will be until Nov 1.

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