Peter Williams, ca. 1810-15


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This record was last updated on 18 Mar 2016

Image Reference
NW0119

Source
Painting held by New York Historical Society

Comments
Oil painting by an unidentified artist. Born enslaved, Peter Williams became a tobacco merchant and founded the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church in New York. For details on his life, see R.W. Logan and M.R. Winston, Dictionary of American Negro Biography (New York, 1982). For possible identification of painter, see also Hugh Honour, The Image of the Black in Western Art (Harvard University Press, 1989), vol. 4, pt. 1, p. 323n305. (Slide of painting, courtesy of New York Historical Society)