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Join Wilton House Museum for our annual lecture series. This virtual event will feature Janine Boldt, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow at the American Philosophical Society.
In 1755, traveling artist John Wollaston arrived in Virginia where he painted some of the most prominent families in the colony. One of the plantation homes he visited was the newly constructed Wilton, where he painted a group of portraits for William Randolph III. Using the Randolph family collection as a case study, this lecture will discuss the business of portrait painting in colonial Virginia and how to use Colonial Virginia Portraits (colonialvirginiaportraits.org) as a research tool.