Thomas Taylor Byrd (1752-1821)

Date: ca. 1755-1756

Thomas Taylor Byrd was sent along with his two brothers, John Carter and William Byrd IV, to England in 1756.  Wollaston must have painted the brothers before they left. His parents were William Byrd III and Elizabeth Hill Carter Byrd.

In Mary Willing Byrd’s will, this portrait was left to the subject along with that of his brother, John Carter Byrd.

Dimensions: 30 x 25 in. (76.2 x 63.5 cm.)

The subject wears a white waistcoat with black spots and a gray jacket. A ribbon is behind his neck. He holds a bow with a red grip and an arrow with white feathers. He is turned three-quarters to his right and stands outdoors.

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: Byrd
Decade: 1750s
Credits: Private collection. Photograph by Ira W. Martin, courtesy of the Frick Art Reference Library.