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Captain William Wilson
Date: 1798
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Medium: Watercolor, black ink, and graphite on paper inlaid into a larger sheet
Dimensions: Overall: 3 1/8 x 2 1/2 in. ( 7.9 x 6.4 cm ) mat: 14 x 11 in. ( 35.6 x 27.9 cm )
Description: Portrait: The artist sailed on his ship to St. Vincent
Credit Line: Gift of Daniel Parish, Jr.
Object Number: 1912.20
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Marks: inscriptions: Inscribed bottom: Capt. Wilson of New London/ By Dr. Anderson. Inscription on reverse.
Inscribed: Inscribed along lower border in black ink: "Capt. Wilson of New-London" ; in graphite: "By Dr. Anderson"; verso inscribed along upper border in graphite: "A Anderson sailed / with - to St Vincent"

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Captain Wilson of New London, Connecticut, was master of the ship that carried Dr. Alexander Anderson to St. Vincent, West Indies, after the doctor had lost most of his family in the yellow fever epidemic of 1798. Anderson then gave up the medical profession and turned to a career in art. He probably sketched the captain's likeness during the voyage.