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Portrait of Captain Isaac Manchester (1769-1860)

1964.18 (RS1292)

Description

Bust-length portrait of Captain Isaac Manchester (1769-1860), a merchant and slave trader of Tiverton, RI. Wearing a black jacket, high collared white shirt and cravat. Married to Priscilla Manchester (1964.19).

Details

Label
"Cherished Possessions": Isaac Manchester of Bristol, Rhode Island, made a fortune in the slave trade, bringing molasses from the West Indies to New England to be made into rum, shipping rum to Africa to be traded for slaves, and transporting slaves to the West Indies for sale. In this portrait, Cephas Thompson captures the harsh character required of a slave ship captain. After a federal law prohibited American participation in the trade, a depression hit towns like Bristol that were heavily invested in it; ultimately, Isaac Manchester was ruined and died in poverty.
Maker
Thompson, Cephas (Artist)
Date
1806-1807
Location of origin
Bristol, Rhode Island, USA
Material
canvas
oil paint (paint)
Object type
Art
Places
Bristol (Bristol county, Rhode Island)
Rhode Island (United States)
Descriptive terms
canvas
oil paint (paint)
paintings (visual works)
Picture
Portrait
portraits
People and organizations
Manchester, Isaac, 1769-1860
Dimensions
30 3/4 x 25 1/2 x 2 (HxWxD) (inches)
Accession Number
1964.18
Credit Line
Bequest of Miss Evelyn A. Munroe
GUSN
46883
Related Items
Title Portrait of Priscilla Manchester Accession number 1964.19 Relationship Wife of sitter

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