Sir William Johnson (1715-1774)

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Oil on canvas
Overall: 30 x 25 in. ( 76.2 x 63.5 cm )
inscription: on back: "Sir William Johnson Bart. born in Ireland / died at Johnson Hall, N.Y. July 1774 / This copy of the Original in England was made / for Col. Wm. L. Stone Editor of the Commercial / Advertiser, who began a "Life of Sir Wm. / Johnson,"
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A native of Ireland, the subject came to America about 1738 and settled in the Mohawk Valley. He was a fur trader and agriculturalist, and his success in dealing with the Indians led to his appointment as commissioner of Indian Affairs for New York in 1756. This portrait is copied from a lost original by Thomas McIlworth that dates from 1763. McIlworth's portrait was made to hang in Johnson Hall, the subject's mansion north of Johnstown.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Edward F. De Lancey
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group