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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).
paintings (visual works)
oil paint (paint)
"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.
Title Portrait of Priscilla Manchester Accession Number 1964.19
Thompson, Cephas (Artist)
Bristol, Rhode Island, USA
30 3/4 x 25 1/2 x 2 (HxWxD) (inches)
Bequest of Miss Evelyn A. Munroe
Rhode Island (United States)
Bristol (Bristol county, Rhode Island)