PAINTINGS & PRINTS
MESDA Craftsman ID Number
oil on canvas
[Overall Ht]30″ __[Overall Wdth]25″ __[Overall Depth] __[Overall Len] __[Overall Diam] __[Other]actual measurement
Half-length figure of a man standing with body turned one-quarter left, right hand thrust in unbuttoned vest. White wig, white stock and cuff, brown coat, dark green vest with gold edging, dark brown spandrels frame a tan background.
The portrait descended in the family of owner, of Fredericksburg, Virginia.
inscription copied on reliner c. 1910 __”John Fitzhugh son of/Henry Fitzhugh/AEtatis 24/ John Hesselius/1751″ ||also the added note __”Lined and restored by Charles Volkmar, Baltimore, 1856″
John Fitzhugh 1727-1809 __The subject of Bellair, Stafford County, Virginia, was born in 1727. He was the son of Henry Fitzhugh (1687-1758) of Bedford, Stafford County, Virginia, and his wife, Susanna Cooke (1693-1749). He married in 1746, Alice Thornton (1729-1790). He died in 1809. __See Craftsman database and MESDA’s photographic files for information on the artist, John Hesselius. See NN-796 for the subject’s father, Henry Fitzhugh (1687-1758); NN-797, brother Henry Fitzhugh (1723-1783) and brother, Henry’s wife, NN-798, Sarah Battaile Fitzhugh (1731- ); their daughter NN-799, Sarah Fitzhugh (1748-1793). Also see the subject’s other brother, William Fitzhugh (1741-1809), S-6966; and brother, William’s wife, Ann Lee Randolph Fitzhugh, S-6967. Also see S-5173, the subject’s wife, Alice Thornton Fitzhugh (1729-1790).
Bradford L. Rauschenberg –Frank L. Horton –Edith Culpepper Potter __04/06/1976