William Randolph III (1723-1761)

Date: ca. 1755-1758

William Randolph III was the son of William Randolph II and Elizabeth Beverley Randolph of Turkey Island. He inherited land at Wilton Plantation and built a home there in the 1750s. He married Anne Harrison of Berkeley.

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

The subject wears a gray-brown jacket and waistcoat with gold buttons and a gray wig. His left hand is tucked into his waistcoat and his right forearm rests on a stone plinth. He is turned three-quarters to his left.

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; Janine Yorimoto Boldt, “‘Constantly to look at me’: Slavery and the Development of Colonial American Portraiture,” Winterthur Portfolio (Summer/Autumn 2022): 127-166.

Family: Randolph
Decade: 1750s
Credits: Courtesy of the Virginia Museum of History & Culture, 1951.33.