Boy of the Ludwell family

Date: 1735-1744

The subject is often identified by family tradition as Philip Ludwell III. It is attributed to Charles Bridges. It is likely that this portrait represents a different member of the Ludwell, Lee, or Grymes family, as Philip Ludwell III would have been nearly twenty years old by the time Bridges arrived in the colony. If it is not Bridges, the portrait still appears to date to the late 1720s-early 1740s. Philip Ludwell III was the son of Philip Ludwell II and Hannah Harrison Ludwell. He married Frances Grymes in 1737 and they had three daughters. He was the last Ludwell to live primarily at Greensprings and he left Virginia for England in 1760.

Dimensions: 30 x 25 (76.2 x 63.5 cm.)

The subject is a boy or young man wearing a red jacket and waistcoat. A hat trimmed in silver and with a cockade is tucked under his left arm. His left hand hand is tucked into his waistcoat and his right hand is on his hip. He is angled towards his right.


Location: Unknown
Decade: 1730s1740s
Credits: Private collection. Photograph by Ira W. Martin, courtesy of the Frick Art Reference Library.