Reverend John Davenport (1597–1669/70) Artist: Davenport Limner (American, active ca. 1670)


American Paintings and Sculpture

On view, 1st floor, American Decorative Arts before 1900

A Puritan clergyman, John Davenport left England for Holland in 1633, came to Boston in 1637, and established the New Haven Colony the following year. An eloquent preacher, he was pastor of the First Church for thirty years. After failing in an attempt to prevent New Haven's annexation in 1664 by Connecticut, a disappointed Davenport returned in 1667 to Boston. His portrait was painted there just before or possibly after his death in 1670.


Oil on canvas


27 1/4 × 23 in. (69.2 × 58.4 cm)

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Yale University Art Gallery

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17th century


Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of records is ongoing.

  • American Art: Selections from the Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2023), 10, fig. 1
  • Susan B. Matheson, Art for Yale: A History of the Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2001), 2 (detail), 6–7, fig. 5
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Inscribed LC "dom 1670/*74*"

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