Frances Ann Tasker Carter (Mrs. Robert Carter III, 1738-1787)

Date: ca. 1755-58

Frances Ann Tasker came from a prominent Maryland family. She married Robert Carter of Nomini Hall in 1754. This portrait was possibly commissioned to accompany her husband’s portrait by the English artist Thomas Hudson. The couple lived for a time in a house in Williamsburg before moving to Nomini Hall with their many children.

Dimensions: 50 x 39 1/2 in. (127 x 100.33 cm.)

The portrait shows a woman wearing a silver, Van Dyck-inspired dress trimmed with lace. A pearl bow with a pearl drop pendant is at her breast. A blue drape is wrapped around her. She stands outdoors. Her right forearm rests on a stone plinth, a pyramidal stone is on top of the plinth.

See: Colonial Williamsburg eMuseum

Family: Carter
Decade: 1750s
Credits: The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Museum Purchase, 1956-237.