John Hatley Norton was a merchant in Yorktown and a representative of the prominent John Norton & Sons firm of London and Virginia. His first wife was Sarah Nicholas and his second wife was Catherine Bush. The portrait is generally attributed to John Durand but is possibly the work of another painter.
Dimensions: 30 3/4 x 26 1/4 in. (78.12 x 66.68 cm.)
The subject wears a black jacket and trousers and sits on an upholstered red chair. His left hand is on a large, upright book. A book shelf is behind him partially obscured by a green curtain.