Object photography

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Object description

  • Prior-Hamblin School (American)
  • Portrait of Captain William B. Aiken, 1830-1860
  • Oil on canvas
  • New England, United States
  • image H: 27 1/2 in, image W: 22 in (image H: 69.8 cm, image W: 55.9 cm)
  • Gift of the estate of Captain William B. Aiken, 1993
  • 100924.A


This is a waist length portrait of Captain William B. Aiken. Captain Aiken is almost full face with dark hair and side whiskers. He appears slightly cross-eyed. He wears a turned-over white collar, black stock, and low-cut braid-edged vest and holds a telescope in his left hand. A gold watch chain hangs from his vest. The background is a seascape with hills, a tree and a sailboat on the left. Further Remarks: Capt. William B. Aiken was born in Salem, Feb 13, 1814. He was the son of John and Lydia (Bridges) Aiken. He married Elizabeth Pattee on Dec. 27, 1836. The couple lived in South Salem. In 1854 he was co-owner of the schooner Velocity, with James W. Kimball and William Pickering. He died in Salem on Nov 27, 1884.

Exhibition History

  • American Decorative Arts exhibition, Peabody Essex Museum; June 03, 2003 through Present
  • In the American Spirit: Folk Art from the Collections, Museum of Sydney, Sydney, Australia; March 25, 1996 through September 27, 1996