William Randolph I (1650-1711)

Date: ca. 1755-1758

This portrait is heavily restored. It is believed to be a copy of a lost original and was painted for William Randolph III of Wilton. William Randolph I immigrated to Virginia as a young man ca. 1672 and settled at Turkey Island. He married Mary Isham.

Dimensions: 35 x 27 in. (88.9 x 68.58 cm.)

The subject wears a dark blue jacket with jeweled clasps and a red drape around his arm. He wears a long dark wig. His right hand is on his hip and his left arm rests on a pediment.

See: Carolyn J. Weekley, Painters and Paintings in the Early American South (2013), 69; David Meschutt, “John Wollaston’s Portraits of the Randolph Family Owned by the Virginia Historical Society,” The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography 16, 4 (October 1984): 449-473; Wayne Craven, Colonial American Portraiture (1986), 187.

Family: Randolph
Decade: 1750s
Credits: Courtesy of the Virginia Museum of History & Culture, 1951.31.