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Historic painting open to public in Southold

A 19th century painting of two boys who summered with their family in Orient was acquired by the Southold Historical Society in the fall and is now restored and ready for viewing.

The painting of brothers William Wilson and Marcus Pendleton Stephenson is large — more than 4 1/2 feet by 5 1/2 feet. They appear to be young boys in the painting, which was completed about 1841, said Geoffrey K. Fleming, director of the Southold Historical Society.

The Stephensons were among the first Orient residents, according to the historical society. The boys’ father, Mark Stephenson, was a well-known eye doctor and founder of the New York Ophthalmic School and Hospital.

The painting was donated by lifetime historical society member Robert W. Gillispie III, a descendant of William Stephenson.

The portrait is believed to have been the work of the artistic portrait partners Samuel Lovett Waldo (1783-1861) and William Jewett (1792-1874), Fleming said in a news release.
The painting can be viewed at the Southold Historical Society, on Main Road in Southold hamlet.
 

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