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John Singleton Copley's portrait of Wilmington merchant and planter John Burgwin, which was painted in 1783, is one of only a few portraits of North Carolinians by America's first great artist. The painting remained in the family for 222 years, and in 2005, it was donated to the North Carolina Museum of Art.
William J. Weaver was an Anglo-American portrait artist in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century. Until now, little was known about him due to confusion over his correct full name. New documents uncovered by the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts in Winston-Salem, North Carolina resolve this matter, and shed light to Weaver’s contribution to Neoclassical portraiture.
Cephas Thompson was one of Virginia’s most prolific portrait painters of the early nineteenth century. The Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts in Winston-Salem, North Carolina examined Thompson’s Memorandum of Portraits in which he recorded over five hundred portraits. The paintings reflect the changes in American society and offer early biographical records of the early Republic.