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Alexander Gould, Sr.


Oval-shaped half-length portrait of Alexander Gould, Sr (c. 1779 – 1859). He has brown hair and eyes and looks directly out of the picture plane. He wears a black coat and stock with a white shirt as he is seated in a red armchair, holding a letter in his left hand.



circa 1800-1825


Oil on canvas

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Born in Logie Scotland about 1779, Gould's family immigrated to Baltimore in 1784. In 1802, Gould married Susannah Border Gould (1786-1816) and they had three children before her death. He later married Katharine Rollings Gould (1797-1857) and they had at least three children together. Gould worked as a leather tanner in Baltimore, rented and sold lots around the city, and was involved in local politics. He is buried in Green Mount Cemetery. The donor of this portrait was the sitter's great-great grandson.

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Gift of Mr. Layton Rogers Colburn

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