Archibald Cary (1721-1787)

Date: ca. 1755-1758

The original artist is unknown. The artist Anne Fletcher painted a copy after an original portrait destroyed in the 1926 Governor’s Mansion fire where it was hanging. The photograph is used here as a record of a destroyed original portrait. In 1744, Archibald Cary married Mary Randolph. Based on the poses and costumes, it is likely that John Wollaston painted the original portraits in the 1750s. Wollaston also painted many other Randolph family members. Archibald Cary was the son of Henry Cary and Ann Edwards Cary of Ampthill.

In the copy, the subject wears a brown jacket and white waistcoat. One hand is in his waistcoat.

See: Encyclopedia Virginia; Richard Channing Moore Page, Genealogy of the Page Family in Virginia (1883), 21.

Family: Cary
Decade: 1750s
Credits: Courtesy Library of Virginia.