Thomas Handasyd Perkins
Gilbert Stuart (American 1755–1828)Date
Oil on panelDimensions
28 1/2 x 23 1/2 in. (72.4 x 59.7 cm)Description
Thomas Handasyd Perkins (1764–1854) was a wealthy Boston merchant; but like his brother James Perkins, whose portrait by Stuart is also on view here, he was a patron of the arts and an important early benefactor of the Boston Athenæum. Another, later portrait of him by the American painter Thomas Sully is also in the Athenæum’s collection.
Athenæum purchase, 1988Object Number