ARTIST: Samuel T. Taylor (1800-1846) was a vernacular artist who worked in the central piedmont of Virginia during the second quarter of the nineteenth century. He lived in Buckingham County but traveled throughout the surrounding area of Appamatox, Campbell, Henrico, Louisa, and Prince Edward counties, painting many of the region’s successful planters and merchants.
RELATED OBJECTS: The MESDA Collection is also home to the companion portrait by Taylor of Baldwin’s wife, Mary Ann Womack (MESDA acc. 5888.2).
FRAME: Original yellow pine frame with black paint.
DESCRIPTION: portrait of a man sitting and turned slightly to the left; gray colored hair; cravat with bow; high-collared shirt; yellow waistcoat; dark coat; left elbow resting on the back of an upholstered sofa with brass nails; left hand holding a book labled “HOLY BIBLE” with thumb between pages; right hand partially tucked into waistcoat; green drapery with gold tassels and fringe, column, and window in the background.