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Reverend John Sylvester John Gardiner

Reverend John Sylvester John Gardiner

On view
Gilbert Stuart (American, 1755–1828)
about 1815
Oil on panel
28 3/8 x 22 3/4 in. (72 x 57.8 cm)

John Gardiner (1765–1830) was born in Wales but spent much of his youth in the West Indies, where his father served for the British government as attorney-general. He was sent to Boston for his education, returning to Britain only at the outbreak of the American Revolution. In 1783, however, he moved permanently to Boston and was eventually named rector of Trinity Church. He was a published author and a founder of the Boston Athenæum.

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Gift of Mary C. Gardiner (Mrs. William R.) Cabot, 1957

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