Agnes (Balderstone) Wyse
WOA: 8 7/8″
Ninian’s early career is documented in letters from the Falmouth, Virginia merchant William Allason to Lord Dunmore, the last royal governor of Virginia. Wyse worked on a building project for the governor in Fauquier County. After his move to Richmond, Wyse worked on several important building projects– bridges and armories –throughout Virginia, until he died accidentally in 1807. Ninian’s gravestone is at St. John’s Church in Richmond.
This small painting on mahogany panel in its original frame is a rare survival of artisan-class southern portraiture.
Agnes Wyse’s portrait descended in the Trower family to her great-great-grandson, John H. Mackie (1885-1908) of Richmond. Mackie and his parents, Thomas B. (1853-1912) and Mary F. (Trower) Mackie (1853-1926) are buried at Hollywood Cemetery. Mary was the daughter of Robert Trower (b. 1799) and the granddaughter of Mary (Wyse) Trower, Ninian and Agnes’s daughter. Mary Wyse married John Trower in Richmond in 1797. Trower was a carpenter documented in the MESDA Craftsman Database.