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Author/Artist Hesselius, Gustavus, 1682-1755, attributed to.
Title Thomas Lee.
Description Graphic reproduction(s) with documentation of a painting.
Dimensions/Medium 30 x 25 in.
oil on canvas.
Location Call Number Vol./Copy Status Information
 Frick Photoarchive Items  Hesselius, Gustavus 121-14a    DIGITIZED
Provenance Lent by Lawrence Rust Lee to the Virginia Historical Society, 1899;
Lawrence Rust Lee, Washington;
from whom purchased by his brother, Edmund J. Lee, Chatham Hall, Virginia (died 1961);
by 1977, Armistead M. Lee, Arlington, Virginia.
Current repository Armistead M. Lee, Arlington, Virginia, United States, private.
Condition history Restored at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York in April 1936.
Color notes Gray wig, white stock, chocolate-brown coat. Brown-black background. Feigned oval.
Attribution history The owner in 1924 did not know who painted the portrait; attributed by Frank W. Bayley in 1925 to the school of Sir Godfrey Kneller; possibly by Charles Bridges; during restoration at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York in April 1936, considered by Harry B. Wehle to be by Gustavus Hesselius. Attributed to John Hesselius.
Subject Thomas Lee was the son of Richard and Laetitia Corbin Lee. He was president of the Virginia Council for many years and organized a company for the exploration and settlement of lands in Ohio, but the scheme proved unsuccessful. He had just been appointed royal governor of Virginia at the time of his death in 1750. He married Hannah Ludwell, daughter of Philip and Hannah Harrison Ludwell in 1722. Children: Richard, Philip Ludwell, Hannah, John, Lucy, Thomas Ludwell (1730-1777), Richard Henry (1732-1794), Francis Lightfoot (1734-1797), Alice, William (1737-1795), Arthur (1740-1792).
Images Photograph, Ira W. Martin 1816 Frick Art Reference Library, New York (FARL) negative.
Digital image, 1816_POST.tif negative.
Digital image, 3107100113397_001.tif (image).
Digital image, 3107100113397_002.tif (image).
Digital image, 3107100113397_003.tif (documentation).
Digital image, 3107100113397_004.tif (documentation).
Sources Information from Frick Art Reference Library Photoarchive.
Fund Record created with funding from The Henry Luce Foundation.
Record created with funding from The National Endowment for the Humanities.
LC subject Hesselius, Gustavus, 1682-1755.
Hesselius, John, 1728-1778.
Kneller, Godfrey, Sir, 1646-1723.
Bridges, Charles, 1670-1747.
Lee, Thomas, 1690-1750.
Art, American.
Other subject Portraits: Men: Without hands: (without hats): Head to right.
Genre/Form American School.
Paintings (visual works)
Other author Hesselius, John, 1728-1778, attributed to, alternate attribution.
Kneller, Godfrey, Sir, 1646-1723, school of, former attribution.
Bridges, Charles, 1670-1747, former attribution.
Related corporate bodies Frick Art Reference Library.
Frick artist name form Hesselius, Gustavus, 1682-1755, attributed to.

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