Object number
Benjamin Ellery, Sr.
Partridge, Nehemiah
circa 1717
Three-quarter length portrait of Benjamin Ellery, Sr. (1670-1746) , facing left. Holding cane in right hand; left arm is holding a black hat at his side and his left hand is gloved, holding the other glove. Wearing a grey coat buttoned twice at waist and white collar which is folded in pleats and hangs down chest; wearing white wig; ships at sea in upper left corner in lower right corner a sword handle protrudes from coat. Subject was a merchant and judge to the Colonial Assembly; also grandfather to the William Ellery who signed the Declaration of Independence. Reference: Mary Black, article on Aetatis Suae Limner, American Art Journal Vol. XII, No. 4 (Autumn 1980), pp. 4-31. Black attributes the four Ellery paintings in the upper Hudson manner to Nehemiah Partridge, Albany artists who migrated to Virginia in the early 1720s.
oil paint
Credit Line
Gift of the Estate of Mrs. George A. Grossman
Object Type
paintings (visual works)
Colonial Assembly
Related People & Organizations
Partridge, Nehemiah (associated)
Grossman, George A., Mrs. (associated)
Ellery, Benjamin, 1670-1746 (subject)