John Trumbull (American, Lebanon, Connecticut 1756–1843 New York)
Oil on mahogany
3 1/2 x 2 13/16 in. (8.9 x 7.1 cm) (sight)
Gift of J. William Middendorf II, 1968
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 753
One of the leading men in colonial Pennsylvania, Thomas Mifflin (1744–1800) later became governor of the state and a member of the legislature. During the Revolutionary War, he served with Trumbull as an aide-de-camp to General George Washington. Trumbull painted this miniature portrait at the same time as the nearly identical example in the collection of Yale University Art Gallery. Trumbull used the miniature portraits for depictions of Mifflin in two of his major history paintings, "The Death of General Mercer at the Battle of Princeton" and "The Resignation of General Washington" (both Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.).
Estate of Gilbert S. Parker, Philadelphia, 1927; his brother, Ernest Lee Parker, Philadelphia, by 1927–died 1938; with The Old Print Shop, New York, by 1962; J. William Middendorf II, New York, from 1962–1968