Schaffer, William Lehman (c. 1804-1884)
William L. Schaffer (c. 1806-1884), Vice president of the Girard National Bank, and his sister, Elizabeth, are among the Athenaeum benefactors whose names are inscribed in the marble tablets of the Reading Room on the second floor. After Schaffer's death, the Board of Directors asked Elizabeth to lend a portrait of her late brother "in order that a copy be made and hung on the walls of the Library". Instead, she presented the Athenaeum with this portrait in March 1893.
24.5" x 29"
Oil on canvas; gilt frame
Gift of Elizabeth Schaffer.
General Collection, Museum Collection, The Athenaeum of Philadelphia