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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