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Captain William Wilson

Captain William Wilson
Title
Captain William Wilson
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 )
Description 
Portrait: The artist sailed on his ship to St. Vincent
Credit Line 
Gift of Daniel Parish, Jr.
Object Number 
1912.20
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"
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.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group