Object photography

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On View Barbara Weld Putnam Gallery.GALF.WALL

Object description

  • Gilbert Stuart (American, 1755-1828)
  • Portrait of Captain William Gray, about 1800
  • Oil on canvas
  • Boston, Massachusetts, United States
  • H: 41 in, W: 35 in
  • Museum purchase with partial funds donated in honor of Roland Gray, Jr., 2010
  • 2010.38.2


Label on back reads, "G. Stuart; portrait B. Gray."


This is a portrait of Captain William Gray in a 2/3 pose, wearing a black jacket and high collared white ruffled shirt, holding a letter in his hands. He is seated in a red-upholstered chair and looking straight ahead with a closed smile. Further Remarks: The portrait was painted by Stuart for Captain William Ward (1761-1827) of Salem, captain of a number of William Gray's vessels, and also Mrs. William Gray's brother-in-law. It was bequeathed to Ward's son, Thomas Wren Ward, of Boston, Massachusetts in 1827. It was then bequeathed to his widow in 1862 and bequeathed to her son, Samuel Gray Ward, of New York and Washington in 1827. He bequeathed to his son, Thomas Wren Ward, of New York, Boston and Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts in 1908. It was then sold by Thomas Wren Ward to Roland Gray, Esq., of Boston, great-grandson of William Gray in 1921. The portrait is in it's original frame, made by John Doggett (1780-1857), of Roxbury, Massachusetts.

Exhibition History

  • Upcoming Exhibition, Peabody Essex Museum; 2015 through Present
  • American Decorative Arts exhibition, Peabody Essex Museum; June 03, 2003 through Present
  • Order and Elegance: Masterpieces of Federal Furniture from Coastal Massachusetts, Peabody Essex Museum; January 04, 1997 through January 11, 1999