Peter Pelham (American (born England), London 1697–1751 Boston, Massachusetts)
After John Greenwood (American, Boston, Massachusetts 1727–1792 Margate England)
Printed for J. Buck (Boston, Massachusetts)
Portrait of Rev. Thomas Prince (American, 1687–1758)
plate: 13 15/16 x 9 13/16 in. (35.4 x 24.9 cm)
sheet: 14 1/8 x 10 1/16 in. (35.8 x 25.6 cm)
Bequest of Charles Allen Munn, 1924
Not on view
The subject of this print attended Harvard, then visited Barbados and England before becoming the minister of Boston’s Old South Church in 1718. An avid book collector and antiquarian, Prince favored religious toleration. The engraver, Pelham, moved to Boston from London about 1725–26, and based this mezzotint on a portrait by Greenwood now at the Massachusetts Historical Society.
Inscription: in plate: "Thomas Prince A. M., Quintus Ecclesiae Australis Bostonii Novanglorum Pastor, e Collegii Harvardini, Cantabridgiae Curatoribus, Samuelis Armigeri Filius et Thomae AM denati Pater; Printed for & Sold by J. Buck at ye Spectacles in Queen-street Boston"; in ink: "1750"
Whitmore (probably American, active late 19th century); Wright (American or British, active 1900–1910); Charles Allen Munn (American, 1859-1924), purchased 1902 from the preceding; Donor: Charles Allen Munn
Chaloner Smith 32; Stauffer 2472
John Chaloner Smith British Mezzotinto Portraits...from the introduction of the art to the early part of the present century. Henry Sotheran & Company, vols. 1-4, 1878–83, vol. III, p. 977, no. 32.
David McNeeley Stauffer, Mantle Fielding, Thomas Hovey Gage American Engravers upon Copper and Steel. 1994, vol. II, p. 409, no. 2472.