According to the Sketch of the Life of Robert Ball Hughes by Mrs. E. Ball Hughes, p. 2:
and on p. 13:
Charles Wilkes (1764-1832) was born in London, a nephew of the famous John Wilkes, lord mayor of London. Charles Wilkes was the President of the Bank of New York from 1825 until his retirement in 1832. He was also an officer of the American Academy of Arts, along with John Trumbull.
Around 1830, Wilkes was on the Committee for the statue of Alexander Hamilton destined for the New York Merchant Exchange. He was apparently an admirer of Alexander Hamilton, along with the other men on the Committee.
The New York Evening Post on Monday March 22nd, 1830, under the heading: "American Academy of Fine Arts" announced an exhibition at the American Academy of Fine Arts in New York that included this work by Ball Hughes:
Source: New York NY Evening Post 1830 Grayscale - 0277.pdf at Old Fulton Post Cards newspaper archives.
From the Smithsonian Institute SIRIS website entry: Pastoral Group of a Shepherd Boy, A Dog, and Lamb exhibited at American Academy of the Fine Arts, New York, New York, March 1830:
According to the Yale University Art Gallery eCatalogue:
In 1833, Ball Hughes was elected a member of the Board of Directors of the American Academy of the Fine Arts, of which Trumbull was President at the time. See Col. John Trumbull for more information about Ball Hughes relationship with John Trumbull.
I need an image of the group and would like to know its current location.
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