The son of William Waddell and Mary Waddell of Edinburgh, Scotland, and Dover, England, was in America by 1736. He was at first a shipbuilder and owner and then a very prosperous merchant in New York. Captain Waddell was one of the original subscribers to the fund that established the New York Society Library. This portrait, which was painted soon after the artist arrived from England, is an example of the most fashionable art then practiced in the colony of New York.
Gift of Edmund B. Southwick
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
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