John Page immigrated to Virginia in the 1650s along with his brother, Matthew Page, and sister. He built a home at Middle Plantation in the 1660s, which became Williamsburg. The portrait was painted in England. An inscription over 19th-century overpaint stated, “AE Suae 32 Ao Dom 1660 London.” It is unknown if this was a 19th-century copy of an original inscription or a 19th-century addition.
Dimensions: 28 x 23 in. (71.12 x 58.42 cm.)
The subject wears black robes with a silver tassel at the neck. He holds up a sheet of paper. He is turned three-quarters to his left. A sky with clouds is behind him.
See: Richard Channing Moore Page, Genealogy of the Page Family in Virginia (1883), 18; Carolyn J. Weekley, Painters and Paintings in the Early American South (2013), 67.