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Title Thomas Middleton of The Oaks (1753-1797)
Artist West, Benjamin
Date 1770
Medium oil
Support canvas
Dimensions 51 3/4 x 39 1/2 inches

Signature B. West 1770
Signature Location bottom left
Inscription NA
Credit line Gift of Alicia Hopton Middleton
Accession Number 1937.005.0014
Collection Painting
Sitter's dates 1753-1797
Description The son of Henry Middleton of Middleton Place and younger brother of Arthur Middleton, signer of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas inherited The Oaks plantation in Berkeley County, South Carolina. Like many other young Charlestonians of his social standing, Thomas was sent to England to continue his education, but returned at the approach of British hostilities in January 1774.

This portrait is one of several of Middleton family members West painted between 1770 and 1772. Besides a few patrons from Philadelphia, the Middletons were the only other Americans West painted after he moved to England. Stylistically, Thomas Middleton's portrait is among those works by West that demonstrate the influence of Anton Raphael Mengs, whom the artist met and copied during his travels to Rome.


Subjects Middleton
Figures
Portraits
Clothing & dress
man
Capes (Clothing)