George Purdie (ca. 1730-1803)

Date: 1767

George Purdie was a Scottish immigrant and merchant of Smithfield. He married Mary Robinson. The portrait was likely painted in Smithfield or Williamsburg.

Dimensions: 32 x 26 in. (81.3 x 66 cm.)

The subject wears a red jacket waistcoat. His left hand is tucked into his waistcoat. His right hand holds a letter or bill of exchange. It is partially legible: “Virginia Sept. 16th 1767, exchange for £500…At ten days sight of this my first Bill of Exchange….my second and third (of the same)…”

See: Colonial Williamsburg eMuseum

Family: Purdie
Location: Smithfield
Decade: 1760s
Credits: The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Gift of Doris Gwaltney, 2016-89, A.