PORTRAIT OF GEORGE WASHINGTON SARGENT, CIRCA 1819. ATTRIBUTED TO WILLIAM EDWARD WEST (AMERICAN 1788-1857).
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George W. Sargent (1802-1864), the younger son of Winthrop Sargent, first Governor of the Mississippi Territory, was born at Gloucester Place, the family’s plantation in Natchez, Mississippi. After graduating from Harvard and marrying Margaret Percy in 1824, he divided his time between Philadelphia and Natchez, managing the family’s extensive land holdings. He was killed at Gloucester Place in 1864 by Union soldiers intent on looting the plantation house. Oil on canvas, 30 x 25 inches.
Provenance: The sitter; to his daughter, Jane Percy Sargent Duncan (1833-1905) and by direct descent in the family to the present owner.Note: A portrait miniature identical to this painting is in the collection of the Sargent House Museum, Gloucester, Massachusetts.