George Jaffrey I

about 1705
Unidentified artist, American, 18th century

Object Place: Portsmouth, New Hampshire, United States


72.39 x 58.42 cm (28 1/2 x 23 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas

On View

Edward W. and L. Linder Lombard Gallery (Gallery 138A)





Subject is shown half-length, on an oval canvas, against a dark blue-green background, his head and body turned slightly to the right, his right hand held against the body. The face is that of a man in middle life, with dark heavy eyesbrows over brown eyes, and a thick nose which is broken or disfigured. He wears a brown curled wig, parted in the center and hanging to the shoulders; a vermilion robe faced with gray; white neckcloth with wide ends of lace; lace cuff; retains original carved and gilt frame of red pine or Scots pine (pinus sylvestris).


The artist; to the sitter; to George Jaffrey II (1682-1749), his son; to George Jaffery III (1717/18-1802), Portsmouth, N.H., his son; to George Jaffries (d. 1856); to Dr. John Jeffries, his brother; to Dr. Benjamin Joy Jeffries, his son, his son; to Mrs. James Howard (Marian Jeffries) Means, Boston, his daughter, in the 1930s; with Christie's, New York, June 22, 1994; (probably) with Marvin Sadik, Maine; with Hirschl and Adler Galleries, New York; to MFA, 1999, purchase.

Credit Line

Juliana Cheney Edwards Collection