In Mary Willing Byrd’s will, this portrait was left to Abby Nelson (daughter of Abigail Byrd Nelson (Mrs. William Nelson)) as “the picture of her uncle William Byrd, the elder.”
Dimensions: 30 x 25 in. (76.2 x 63.5 cm.)
The portrait represents a boy turned three-quarters to his right. He stands with his right hand tucked into his waistcoat. A fur trimmed hat is tucked under his left arm. He wears a gray jacket and a white waistcoat with black spots. A ribbon is behind his neck.
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; FARL