Thomas Handasyd Perkins

Artist

Gilbert Stuart (American 1755–1828)

Date

1805

Medium

Oil on panel

Dimensions

28 1/2 x 23 1/2 in. (72.4 x 59.7 cm)

Description
Thomas Handasyd Perkins (1764–1854) was a wealthy Boston merchant; but like his brother James Perkins, whose portrait by Stuart is also on view here, he was a patron of the arts and an important early benefactor of the Boston Athenæum. Another, later portrait of him by the American painter Thomas Sully is also in the Athenæum’s collection.
Credit Line

Athenæum purchase, 1988

Object Number

UR229