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William Dawson was an Anglican minister and President of the College of William & Mary. However, it is now concluded that the portrait is not William Dawson and the date of the portrait is unclear. This portrait is likely not from Virginia and may not be eighteenth century.
The subject wears black cleric’s robes and his left hand holds a small book.
This portrait is in the collection of the Muscarelle Museum of Art at William & Mary.