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Nathaniel Byfield

Artist:
John Smibert (American, Edinburgh, Scotland 1688–1751 Boston, Massachusetts)
Date:
1730
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
30 x 25 in. (76.2 x 63.5 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Bequest of Charles Allen Munn, 1924
Accession Number:
24.109.87
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 713
Byfield (1653–1733) was the twenty-first child of Reverend Richard Byfield of Long Ditton, Surrey, England. He arrived in Boston in 1674, and in the next year married Deborah Clarke, and settled in Bristol, Massachusetts. Byfield was a member of the Massachusetts General Court and served repeatedly as first judge of the vice-admiralty court. He was strongly opposed to the Salem witch trials.
Signature: [at lower left]: AEtatis 78. 1730.
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