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Artist: George Whiting Flagg, American, 1816–1897
Subject: Otho Holland Williams, American, 1749–1794

Otho Holland Williams (1749–1794) (after John Trumbull)

1842

Oil on wood

3 7/8 × 3 in. (9.8 × 7.6 cm)
Trumbull Collection
1832.45

Otho Holland Williams was adjutant general under General Nathanael Greene in the Revolutionary War. This miniature is part of a set of five depicting military officers who served during Revolutionary War campaigns in the South. With the exception of the portrait of Williams, these miniatures were painted by John Trumbull in Charleston, South Carolina, in February 1791. The original of this miniature portrait of Williams was painted by Trumbull in Philadelphia in 1790; however, he later removed the painting from its tablet and sold it to Robert Gilmor of Baltimore. Professor Benjamin Silliman borrowed the miniature from Gilmor and, with Trumbull’s approval, had it copied by George Flagg to complete the tablet. Brigadier General Otho Holland Williams of Maryland fought at the Battle of Eutaw Springs, which John Trumbull planned to paint. In Trumbull’s The Resignation of General Washington (1832.8), Williams is the fourth figure to the right of Washington.

Status: 
On view
Culture: 
American
Period: 
19th century
Classification: 
Miniatures
Bibliography: 

Helen A. Cooper et al., John Trumbull: The Hand and Spirit of a Painter (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1982), 142, pl. 86-90.

Helen A. Cooper et al., Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness: American Art from the Yale University Art Gallery, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2008), 101, no. 43, ill.

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