PAINTINGS & PRINTS
MESDA Craftsman ID Number
oil on canvas
[Overall Ht]30 1/8″ __[Overall Wdth]25″
portrait of a man in a three-quarter pose facing right, cravat, high collar, ruffled shirt, vest, open jacket, double chin, receding hairline
inscribed on stretcher __”GRAY BRIGGS OLD 43/A 1775 J. DURAND, PINXIT.” Note: The exhibit catalogue in which this portrait appears states that it is from the original by John Durand. ||on label on frame __”Exhibition of/Historical Portraits 1585-1830/ At “Virginia House,” Richmond, Virginia/May, 1929″
Gray Briggs b. 1732 __The subject was the son of Captain Howell Briggs and Lucy Gray Briggs. He was born in 1732 at “Wales,” Dinwiddie County, Virginia. He married Dorothy Pleasants of Curle’s Neck, Virginia. Gray Briggs was a member of the House of Burgesses from 1754-1758 and a lawyer. He retired at “Wales.” __See wife’s portrait, S-3120. Also see Craftsman Database and MESDA’s photographic files for informtion on the artist, John Durand. Refer to MESDA’s small Virginia cards for more information on the subject, Gray Briggs.
Bradford L. Rauschenberg –Frank L. Horton –Molly Prince __08/23/1973