This is one of the six portraits of his eldest children James Beekman (1732-1807) commissioned from John Durand in the 1760s. Named after his paternal grandfather, William Beekman (1754-1808) lived up to the scholarly hopes his parents had for him when they commissioned this portrait. Portrayed at age thirteen, he holds a book filled with Latin text, while Virgil
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