Probable reference: John Champe’s 1775 will bequeathed to his wife, Anne Carter Champe, “four pictures drawn last by Hesselius, to-wit: Col. Charles Carter and Anne his wife, my own and the said Anne Champe.” Anne Carter Champe was the daughter of Charles Carter and Anne Byrd Carter of Cleves.
Dimensions: 42 1/2 x 35 3/4 in. (107.32 x 90.81 cm.)
The portrait represents a woman seated outdoors in a blue dress. It is trimmed in lace and has a jeweled clasp. A baby in a white gown and cap sits in her lap. Another child leans over her lap and points at his sibling. The boy wears a jacket and a drape. The group is in front of a rocky outcropping with a view to a landscape to their right. The canvas is an unusual size.
See: Carolyn J. Weekley, Painters and Paintings in the Early American South (2013), 264; King George County Wills, John Champe will, 1775, quoted in “Historical and Genealogical Notes,” William and Mary Quarterly 4, 3 (January 1896), 200; MESDA Database, S-5126