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John Wollaston and His Follower, John Hesselius

January 15, 2014 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Carolyn Weekley’s discussion focuses on the life and career of John Wollaston, Jr.,  the London portrait painter who came to the colonies in 1749 and by the mid 1750s was working extensively in Virginia.  His largest known group of pictures, all portraits, were created for various members of the Randolph family.  Wollaston practiced a less rigid, yet still formal portrait style and was influenced by various London academicians, chiefly Thomas Hudson.  Wollaston’s work in Virginia and Maryland had a significant impact on the younger painter, John Hesselius, who adapted the older painter’s style and practiced it in Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania for many years.  These two painters – – Wollaston and John Hesselius – were among the most prolific artists to work in the eighteenth-century mid-Atlantic region and both had significant ties with other painters.

This lecture is made possible by The Harrison Foundation support of the Randolph Family Reunion exhibition.

$10 admission.  Free to Members.


January 15, 2014
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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