Robert Feke

Robert Feke (ca. 1705-1752) painted many portraits throughout the Middle Atlantic and New England colonies. There is no hard evidence that he painted in Virginia. However, he did paint three portraits for Thomas Nelson of Yorktown, Virginia around 1750. Other dated portraits place Feke in Philadelphia in 1749. He left the colonies for the Caribbean in 1751. It is possible that Feke briefly worked in Virginia between 1749 and 1751. However, it is just as possible that the Nelsons were painted on a trip elsewhere, most likely Philadelphia. No other portraits from Virginia can firmly be attributed to Feke. Feke instructed John Hesselius who painted many Virginians.