Gavin Lawson (1738-1805)

Date: 1770

Gavin Lawson was a successful merchant and Scottish immigrant who lived at Hampstead Plantation and Falmouth. He married into the Fitzhugh family when he married Susannah Rose in 1766. Susannah Rose was the daughter of Ann Fitzhugh Rose.

Dimensions: 50 x 37 7/8 in. (127 x 96.2 cm.)

The subject is seated in a wooden chair and angled towards his right. He wears a brown jacket and trousers and a white waistcoat. His left leg is crossed over his right light and his left hand rests on his leg while his right hand points downward. The wall behind him is molded or carved.

See: Colonial Williamsburg eMuseum; Carolyn J. Weekley, Painters and Paintings in the Early American South (2013), 265.

Family: Lawson
Location: Falmouth
Decade: 1770s
Credits: The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Museum Purchase, 1954-261.