ZEDEKIAH BELKNAP (AMERICAN 1781-1858). PORTRAIT OF JOHN LANGDON EASTMAN IN UNIFORM, TOGETHER WITH TWO MILITARY COMMISSIONS SIGNED BY THOMAS JEFFERSON AND JAMES MADISON, 1809-1815, AND OTHER FAMILY MEMORABILIA.Est. $10,000-$15,000
Sold: $10,800 ($9,000)
John L. Eastman (1786-1863), born in Concord, New Hampshire, enlisted in the Fourth Regiment of Infantry in 1808. Fighting in Tecumseh’s War, he was stationed along the Mississippi from New Orleans in the south to the Indiana Territory in the north. With the outbreak of the War of 1812, he was captured by the British at Detroit. Eastman remained with the Regiment until 1823, when he returned to New Hampshire to farm. Oil on panel, 25 ¾ x 21 ½ inches.The first commission appointing Eastman a Second Lieutenant, signed “Th. Jefferson” and dated February 23, 1809; the second appointing him Assistant Inspector General with the rank of Major, signed “James Madison” and countersigned “Jas. Monroe,” dated January 1, 1815. Each a printed document on vellum with manuscript additions and embossed paper seal, frame sizes 22 x 19 inches. Accompanied by a small box of ephemera including an invitation from the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company to a dinner at Faneuil Hall dated 1821, a stock certificate for Sewall’s Falls Locks and Canal Corp. and a printed family record.
Provenance: By direct descent in the family of the sitter to the present owner.