George Jaffrey II

about 1715
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)





Head and bust of the sitter are shown against a dark background, nearly full front, his right shoulder toward the viewer, his head turned right, nearly full front. Sitter has a dark complexion, dark eyes, heavy eyebrows, and a large nose. He wears a large brown wig falling to his shoulders; a purplish-rose robe lined with blue; a ruffled shirt; and a long scarf tied once with plain ends falling on either side of the ruffles of his shirt. His right hand is held against his body, the open hand held against his robe. In original carved and gilded 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