Description: PORTRAIT OF MR. AND MRS. JOSEPH CORRÉ
painted circa 1790.
Dimensions: 9 in. by 7 in.
Medium: pastel on paper
Provenance: Sotheby Parke-Bernet, New York, sale 4592, lot 157;
Kennedy Galleries, New York;
The Bostwick family
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Barbara Baker married Joseph Corré, June 15, 1777, in her 18th year. She died in New York City, April 4, 1845, at the age of 86. She and her husband had eleven children. The tenth child Cornelia (November 5, 1797) married Charles Bostwick, April 22, 1822. Their son Charles married Annette Cockburn.
Joseph Corré was born in Montpelier, France, May 26, 1748. He died in New York August 14, 1823 at the age of 75.
(Excerpted from "The History of the American Pianoforte", Daniel Spillane, New York, 1890)
Joseph Corré, formerly host of the City Tavern in 1784, opened the Mount Vernon Gardens in 1791 as a musical rendezvous, after the Franco-German concert-garden plan, he had one of Dodd's pianofortes in use. In 1800 Corré began to give theatrical performances. His resort became famous subsequently in connection with the introduction of clever foreign artists, the first in this country taking place there.
Corré was formerly cook to Major Carew, an Irish officer in the British army. When the latter evacuated New York on the eventful morning of November 25th, 1783, Corré stayed behind very wisely and determined to make personal terms with his conquerors.