David Meade, Jr. was the son of David Meade and Sarah Everard Meade. He was sent to school in England at the age of seven and was painted there by the artist Thomas Hudson. He married Sarah Waters in 1768. He inherited his father’s estate in Nansemond County near Suffolk. In 1774, he sold the estate to his brother Andrew and relocated to a new home called Maycox.
Dimensions: 30 x 25 in. (76.2 x 60.96 cm.)
The subject is a young boy wearing a gray jacket with silver buttons and button holes. He wears a light blue jacket trimmed in silver. His right hand is tucked into his waistcoat. A silver-trimmed black hat is under his left arm. He is turned three-quarters to his right. A red curtain is on the left side of the painting.