called Laetitia Corbin Lee (Mrs. Richard Lee II, 1657-1706)

Artist: Unknown
Date: ?

The subject has been identified by family tradition since at least 1790. The portrait descended in the Lee family at Stratford Hall (built ca. 1730s-40s). Laetitia Corbin Lee was the daughter of Henry Corbin. She married Richard Lee II.

Reference: “Stratford whose delightful shades formed the comfort and retirement of my wise and Philosophic grandfather with what a mixture of awe and pious gratification did it afford me sitting on one of the sophas of the great Hall, to trace the family resemblance in the portraits of all my dear mother’s forefathers–her father & mother grandfather & grandmother and so upwards for four generations! Their pictures have been drawn by the most eminent English artists and in large gilt frames adorn one of the most spacious & beautiful Halls I have seen.” from Thomas Lee Shippen to William Shippen, 29 September 1790. Shippen Family Papers.

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

The subject wears a blue wrap dress with a red-orange drape. She appears inside a painted oval.

See: Edmund Jennings Lee, Lee of Virginia, 1642-1892: Biographical and Genealogical Sketches of the Descendants of Colonel Richard Lee (1895); Wayne Craven, Colonial American Portraiture (1986), 190-193.

Family: CorbinLee
Location: Stratford Hall
Decade: Unknown
Credits: Private collection.