Portrait of Margareta Van Wyck Schuyler & Brandt Schuyler

John Wollaston (working 1742–1775)

1750

Oil on canvas

Sewell C. Biggs bequest; 2004.398–.399

Portraits in colonial America were expensive luxuries, so many early portrait painters traveled throughout the colonies to find wealthy enough patrons to make a living. These itinerant artists, known as “limners,” included John Wollaston, who traveled throughout the Delmarva Peninsula, as well as New York, Philadelphia, Virginia, and South Carolina. When these portraits were painted, Brandt Schuyler was deputy mayor of New York.