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Portrait of Thomas Westbrook Waldron

1966.237 (RS103140)


Portrait of Thomas Westbrook Waldron (1721-1785) of Dover, NH. He stands with left hand in vest and right on hip. Waldron is wearing a flowing white shirt, with large cuffs and long collar. Red vest is outlined with a white strip with silver/gold ovals inside the solid block of white. Olive green overcoat is punctuated with pewter-like buttons down front and on cuff. Sword sitting on left hip. Frame painted wood, black.


Greenwood, John, 1727-1792 (Maker)
Associated Building
Associated With Lady Pepperrell House Main House.
oil paint (paint)
wood (plant material)
Object type
Descriptive terms
oil paint (paint)
oil paintings (visual works)
wood (plant material)
People and organizations
Waldron, Thomas Westbrook, 1721-1785
56 x 45 (HxW) (inches)
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Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. Lovell Hodge


Three Waldron portraits #

AvatarPosted by Mori Hillman on August 31, 2010
Thank you for listing these on your website. However I think the description of the Thomas Westbrook Waldron painting is incorrect both in naming the artist and in specifying a date that the painting occurred. I believe that all three Waldron paintings were by Greenwood, no later than 1755.
I am no expert, and only comment from the viewpoint of a descendant of all three Waldrons who has no art background but has studied the Waldron family.
Same Artist:
All three portraits are similar in the way they are posed, the colours, the use of a somewhat similar way of showing a background, and even the frames. Thomas' fingers are somewhat similar to his mother Elizabeth (Westbrook) Waldron's fingers. All three were donated by the same member of the Waldron family as your records likely show. Copies of the portraits of the two men (father and son) were once on the council chamber walls at the Wentworth Coolidge house. Therefore they are likely by the same artist.
That artist is Greenwood:
Again, while I am no expert, a Greenwood family painting is striking similar, especially to Elizabeth's portrait and the way an upper torso and hands were depicted. Please see the Greenwood family painting at . Please contrast against Blackburn whose work is shown on http://b-womeninamericanhis[…]tury-american-families.html

Painted in 1750s or earlier:
If all were painted at approximately the same time, then they would not have been painted later than 1755. (Probably earlier). Richard Waldron III passed away in 1753 and Elizabeth (Westbrook) Waldron in 1758. Thomas Westbrook Waldron was married in about 1755 with a first child, William Waldron, born 8 June 1756, and likely would not have had a portrait painted of himself and his parents without also having one painted of his wife or child.
Further support for a 1750s date is the apparent age of Thomas Westbrook Waldron (born 26 July 1721) in the portrait as a relatively younger man. In 1751 he would have been 30.

Further, please note that Blackburn "flourished" about the date that Thomas Westbrook Waldron would have courted his new wife and again that appears to rule against a portrait experience that did not include her.

Again thank you for the increased amount of detail on your website.


Mori Hillman

Thanks for your comment #

AvatarPosted by Adrienne Donohue on August 31, 2010
Thank you very much for your very thorough comment about the three Waldron portraits
(1966.237-239). You are absolutely correct that they are all by Greenwood, not Blackburn, and done around 1750. Our paper files actually do indicate the correct maker and dates, but somehow the incorrect information was entered into our electronic database. We will correct the information.

The Collections Access Project is a large, ongoing initiative and every day we are entering new data or making existing data more complete or accurate. We really appreciate feedback like yours that lets us know when information may not be entirely correct. Thank you again for your comment.

Adrienne Donohue
Collection Manager, Historic New England

Thomas Westbrook Waldron painting #

AvatarPosted by Mori Hillman on September 5, 2010
Thank you for your kind comments. May I please ask a follow up question about the reference to "Associated places: Lady Pepperrell House Main House"? Is this perhaps an error or is there a relationship?
Thank you again


Lady Pepperell connection #

AvatarPosted by Adrienne Donohue on September 7, 2010
The three Waldron portraits were displayed at the Lady Pepperell House prior to and for several years after Historic New England acquired them in 1966. The donor of the portraits lived in the Lady Pepperell House and displayed them there prior to donating them. The house is now one of Historic New England's stewardship properties.

Not loyalists #

AvatarPosted by M Hillman on September 23, 2010
Sorry to take more of your time but your website at[…]/view incorrectly states that Richard Waldron and Elizabeth Westbrook Waldron were loyalists and that their family remained loyal after the revolution. However both those individuals passed away before the revolution, and son Thomas Westbrook Waldron was chairman in Dover of the committee of safety.

Thank you

Thanks again #

AvatarPosted by Adrienne Donohue on September 28, 2010
Thank you for pointing this out. We will make the necessary corrections.