Peter Randolph (1717-1767)

Date: ca. 1755-1758

Peter Randolph of Chatsworth was the son of William Randolph II and Elizabeth Beverley Randolph. He was a brother of William Randolph III. This portrait may be the one that hung at Westover Plantation with the Byrd family. There are two other versions of this portrait, one at the Virginia Museum of History & Culture and a half-length version at Shirley Plantation.

Possible reference: Mary Willing Byrd’s 1813 will bequeathed “unto Mrs. Eliza. Randolph the portraits of Col. Peter Randolph & lady.”

Dimensions: 36 1/2 x 29 1/2 in. (92.7 x 74.9 cm.)

The subject wears a brown colored jacket and waistcoat and a wig. He has one hand in his waistcoat and the other leans on a stone plinth.

See: “The Will of Mrs. Mary Willing Byrd, of Westover, 1813, with a List of the Westover Portraits,” The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography 6, no. 4 (April 1899): 345–58.

Family: Randolph
Decade: 1750s
Credits: The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Museum Purchase, 1975-203.