Caricature portrait of Francis Williams by Unknown Artist

Caricature portrait of Francis Williams (circa 1710 - circa 1770), a Jamaican mathematician and poet in his library at Spanish town, Jamaica.


Oil on canvas
66 x 51 cm
Acquired in:
Presented by:
Viscount Bearsted through The Art Fund

Francis Williams was born in Jamaica, a son of free negroes. John, 2nd Duke of Montagu (1688-1749), is said to have had him educated at an English grammar school and at Cambridge University. On his return to Jamaica, Williams set up a school at Spanish Town, where this portrait was painted.

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V&A (Victoria and Albert Museum) Cromwell Road, London London SW7 2RL 020 7942 2000

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