Elizabeth Randolph Chiswell (Mrs. John Chiswell, 1715-1776)

Date: ca. 1755-1758

Elizabeth Randolph Chiswell was the daughter of William Randolph II of Turkey Island and Elizabeth Beverley Randolph and the sister of William Randolph III of Wilton. Her portrait was commissioned by her brother and hung at Wilton Plantation.

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

The subject wears a gold wrap dress with silver lining and a blue drape around her right arm, which rests on a stone plinth. There is lace at her elbows.

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): 449-4; Carolyn J. Weekley, Painters and Paintings in the Early American South (2013), 231.

Decade: 1750s
Credits: Courtesy of the Virginia Museum of History & Culture, 1927.15.