Captain William Wilson

Object Number: 
1912.20
Date: 
1798
Medium: 
Watercolor, black ink, and graphite on paper inlaid into a larger sheet
Dimensions: 
Overall: 3 1/8 x 2 1/2 in. ( 7.9 x 6.4 cm ) mat: 14 x 11 in. ( 35.6 x 27.9 cm )
Marks: 
inscriptions: Inscribed bottom: Capt. Wilson of New London/ By Dr. Anderson. Inscription on reverse.
Inscriptions: 
Inscribed along lower border in black ink: "Capt. Wilson of New-London" ; in graphite: "By Dr. Anderson"; verso inscribed along upper border in graphite: "A Anderson sailed / with - to St Vincent"
Description: 
Portrait: The artist sailed on his ship to St. Vincent
Gallery Label: 
Captain Wilson of New London, Connecticut, was master of the ship that carried Dr. Alexander Anderson to St. Vincent, West Indies, after the doctor had lost most of his family in the yellow fever epidemic of 1798. Anderson then gave up the medical profession and turned to a career in art. He probably sketched the captain's likeness during the voyage.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Daniel Parish, Jr.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group