William Randolph II (1681-1742)

Date: ca. 1755-1758

This is believed to be a copy painted by John Wollaston after a lost original. This portrait by Wollaston was painted for William Randolph III of Wilton. William Randolph II was the son of William Randolph I and Mary Isham Randolph. He lived at Turkey Island.

Dimensions: 36 x 29 in. (91.44 x 73.66 cm.)

The subject wears a brown jacket and a white wig. His holds an unfolded letter in his hands, which has illegible writing on it. He is turned three-quarters to his right.

See: 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; Carolyn J. Weekley, Painters and Paintings in the Early American South (2013), 81, 238.

Family: Randolph
Decade: 1750s
Credits: Courtesy of the Virginia Museum of History & Culture, 1927.17.