Lieutenant Governor George Clarke
Oil on canvas painted by James Fellowes (1710-1780)
Active in Cheshire, England (1735-1751)
Governor George Clarke returned to England in 1748, remodeled Hyde Hall, his family seat in Cheshire, and died there on January 12, 1760. He commissioned this portrait about 1750. It remained in England until it was sent to the American Hyde Hall in the 1880s.
Ann Cary Cooper Clarke (1783-1850)
Oil on canvas painted by Charles Ingham (1797-1863)
Ann Cary Cooper Clarke was the daughter of Col. Richard Cary, of George Washington’s staff. She married Richard Cooper (1775-1813), the oldest brother of novelist James Fenimore Cooper (1789-1851), and a land agent for George Clarke. After Richard Cooper’s death in 1813, she married George Clarke (1768-1835), the builder of Hyde Hall.
George Clarke (1769-1835)
Oil on canvas painted by Adrian Lamb, copy of original portrait by Samuel F. B. Morse in 1829
1976 copy of 1829 original
This is a copy of the original by Samuel F. B. Morse (1791-1872), painted in 1829, which is in the St. Louis Museum of Fine Arts. Morse spent two summers in the Cooperstown area, and executed a number of portraits of local inhabitance as well as at least one landscape, View From Apple Hill. Apple Hill was a house built by Richard Fenimore Cooper in 1800 and owned by his widow, Ann Cary Cooper Clarke in the 1820s.