Robert Lenox Banks, Sr. (1828-1898)

Charles Loring Elliott (1812-1868) Artist
1864 Date:
Oil on canvas Medium
27 H x 22 W Dimensions
Signed, lower left: C L Elliott/1864 Inscription
Bequest of Effie Hunter Keys Banks, Jr. Credit
1937.4.1 Accession number
Robert Lenox Banks, an Albany businessman, commissioned this portrait of himself just after the same artist had finished one of his wife, Emma. Banks had recently been appointed secretary of the New York Central Railroad Company, a post probably fostered for him by his wife's uncle, who was president of the company. Elliott portrayed the twenty-nine-year-old Mrs. Banks and her thirty-six-year-old husband as a prosperous young couple. He, with blue-gray eyes and light brown hair, is dressed in a somber suit set against an olive and tan background. He addresses the viewer with a straightforward and confident gaze. Additional comments

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