William Gilliland (1734-1796)

William Gilliland (1734-1796)
Title
William Gilliland (1734-1796)
Date 
1789
Medium 
Oil on canvas
Dimensions 
Overall: 30 x 25 in. ( 76.2 x 63.5 cm )
Credit Line 
Bequest of Mrs. Charlotte E. Draper
Object Number 
1910.1
Marks 
signature and date: lower left: "R. Earl pinx't 1789"
Gallery Label 
A native of Ireland, Gilliland enlisted as a young man in the British army. By 1754 he was already in the Colonies, serving in the French and Indian Wars. A few years later he established himself as a merchant in New York and began to purchase real estate, acquiring enormous acreage in Vermont where he established a settlement called Milltown. This portrait was painted in New York presumably while the artist was in debtor's prison.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group