Beverley Randolph (1713-1750)

Date: ca. 1755-1758

Beverley Randolph was the son of William Randolph II and Elizabeth Beverley Randolph of Turkey Island. He married Elizabeth Lightfoot but died childless. Family tradition identifies the subject as Beverley, though he died before Wollaston arrived in Virginia. It appears that his brother, William Randolph III commissioned this portrait for his home at Wilton Plantation.

Dimensions: 36 x 30 in. (91.44 x 76.2 cm.)

The subject wears a brown jacket over a red waistcoat trimmed with gold. A gold-trimmed black hat is tucked under his left arm. His right hand is tucked into his waistcoat. He is turned towards his right.

See: David Meschutt, “John Wollaston’s Portraits of the Randolph Family Owned by the Virginia Historical Society,” The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography 16, 4 (October 1984): 449-47; Carolyn J. Weekley, Painters and Paintings in the Early American South (2013), 66-67.

Family: Randolph
Decade: 1750s
Credits: Courtesy of the Virginia Museum of History & Culture, 1927.18.