Object photography

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On View Barbara Weld Putnam Gallery.GALE.WALL

Object description

  • John Smibert (American, 1688-1751)
  • Portrait of Sir William Pepperrell, 1745
  • Oil on canvas
  • Boston, Massachusetts, United States
  • H: 96 in, W: 56 in
  • Gift of George Atkinson Ward, 1993
  • 106806


Inscription in lower right corner reads "Lt. Gen. Sir Wm. Pepperrell, Bart. The Victor of Louisburg, A.D.1745"


This is a full length portrait, almost full face, of Sir William Pepperrell. Pepperrell wears a gray wig, red coat and gold braided waistcoat, frilled white shirt with frilled cuffs, knee breeches, white stockings and buckled low shoes. He stands in front of a curtain and holds his hat under his left arm, and a baton (?) in his right hand. His left hand points to a battle scene in the lower right background, in which cannonballs are raining down on a French fort. Further Remarks: Sir William Pepperrell, commander at the Siege of Louisburg in 1745 during the French and Indian Wars.

Exhibition History

  • American Decorative Arts exhibition, Peabody Essex Museum; June 03, 2003 through Present
  • Siege at Louisbourg, 1745: New England and the Struggle for World Empire, National Park Service, Boston Navy Yard, Charlestown, MA.; June 26, 1995 through October 10, 1995
  • Odyssey: A Journey into World Art, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA.; October 16, 1999 through January 11, 2001