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Category
PAINTINGS & PRINTS
Object Name
PAINTING
Maker/Artist
Hesselius, John\1728-1778
MESDA Craftsman ID Number
16302,16303
Place Made
Virginia
Date
circa 1770
Materials
oil on canvas
Dimensions
[Overall Ht]49 1/2″ __[Overall Wdth]39 3/4″ __[Overall Depth] __[Overall Len] __[Overall Diam] __[Other]sight measurement
Description
portrait of a young man in a three-quarter pose facing left, pigeon wing hair with que, cravat, ruffled shirt with ruffled cuffs, waistcoat, unbuttoned jacket, right hand on rifle, left hand in glove and holding right hand glove, outdooor scene in background
Object Location
private collection
Photo Number
S-6966
File Location
PAINTINGS/Hesselius, John
History
The portrait descended in the Lee family of Fairfax County, Virginia.
Alterations-Condition
__ __restored by H. Stewart Treviranus, Washington, D.C.
Subjects
William Fitzhugh 1741-1809
(There are inconstancies with the dates. Perhaps this is another member of the Fitzhugh family.) __The subject was born on August 24, 1741. He lived at “Chatham,” Stafford County, Virginia, near Fredericksburg, Virginia. Around 1783, he married Ann Lee Randolph. __See Craftsman database and MESDA’s photographic files for information on the artist, John Hesselius. Refer to MESDA’s small Virginia cards for information on the subject. See S-6967 for his wife; NN-796 for his father; NN-797 for his brother, Henry, and his wife Sarah Battaile Fitzhugh, NN-798, their daughter, Sarah, NN-799; the subject’s brother, John, S-5766 and his wife, Alice Thornton Fitzhugh, S-5173.
Examined
Bradford L. Rauschenberg –Frank L. Horton –Christine Minter __04/19/1977