William Anne Keppel, 2nd Earl of Albemarle (1702-1754)

Artist: Unknown
Date: probably 1740-1754

William Anne Keppel, 2nd Earl of Albemarle was the royal governor of Virginia from 1737-1754, though he never came to the colony himself. A portrait of Albemarle was in the Harrison family in the early nineteenth century. It was at Brandon Plantation, home of the Harrisons who acquired many Byrd family portraits through the marriage of Evelyn Byrd and Benjamin Harrison. Family tradition claims that the portrait once hung at Westover, home of the Byrd family. However, it is not mentioned in the will of Mary Willing Byrd.

See: Encyclopedia Virginia; W.S. Morton, “The Portraits at Lower Brandon, and Upper Brandon, Virginia,”¬†William and Mary Quarterly¬†10, no.4 (October 1930): 338-340.

Decade: 1740s1750s
Attributes: manEngland