Portrait of Captain Isaac Manchester (1769-1860)

Collection Type

  • Art

Date

1806-1807

GUSN

GUSN-46883

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

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paintings (visual works)
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Picture
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Portrait

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.

Related Items

Title Portrait of Priscilla Manchester Accession Number 1964.19

Maker

Thompson, Cephas (Artist)

Location of Origin

Bristol, Rhode Island, USA

Object Type

Art

Dimensions

30 3/4 x 25 1/2 x 2 (HxWxD) (inches)

Credit Line

Bequest of Miss Evelyn A. Munroe

Accession Number

1964.18

Places

Rhode Island (United States)
Bristol (Bristol county, Rhode Island)
Probably