Caricature portrait of Francis Williams (circa 1710 - circa 1770), a Jamaican mathematician and poet in his library at Spanish town, Jamaica.
Caricature portrait of Francis Williams by Unknown Artist, c. 1745
© V&A (Victoria and Albert Museum)
- 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.