William Gilliland (1734-1796)

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Oil on canvas
Overall: 30 x 25 in. ( 76.2 x 63.5 cm )
signature and date: lower left: "R. Earl pinx't 1789"
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A native of Ireland, Gilliland enlisted as a young man in the British army. By 1754 he was already in the Colonies, serving in the French and Indian Wars. A few years later he established himself as a merchant in New York and began to purchase real estate, acquiring enormous acreage in Vermont where he established a settlement called Milltown. This portrait was painted in New York presumably while the artist was in debtor's prison.
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Bequest of Mrs. Charlotte E. Draper
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Creative: Tronvig Group