Governor William Burnet (1688-1729)

Object Number: 
1953.46
Date: 
c. 1725
Medium: 
Black ink and wash and graphite with glazing on vellum
Dimensions: 
Overall: 3 7/8 x 2 13/16 in. (9.8 x 7.1 cm), irregular oval
Marks: 
Verso inscribed at upper center in faded brown ink: "Governor Burnet"; at center in graphite: "Gov Burnet"
Inscriptions: 
Verso inscribed at upper center in faded brown ink: "Governor Burnet"; at center in graphite: "Gov Burnet"
Description: 
Portrait
Gallery Label: 
William Burnet was appointed governor of the provinces of New York and New Jersey in 1720, and was named governor of Massachusetts in 1728. This portrait is related to a group of thirteen small portrait drawings attributed to John Watson, which are in the collection of the New Jersey Historical Society. All fourteen drawings were formerly in the possession of Mrs. Lucien B. Horton.
Credit Line: 
Purchase, The Belknap Fund
Provenance: 
Descent through artist's family, Sophia Watson Waterhouse; Sophia Waterhouse Brown; Maria Forbes; Elizabeth Forbes Benton; Susannah F.F. Benton; Roberta Stockton Benton (Mrs. Lucien B. Horton)
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group