Artist: Gilbert Stuart (American, North Kingston, Rhode Island 1755–1828 Boston, Massachusetts)
Date: ca. 1795–98
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 30 x 24 1/2 in. (76.2 x 62.2 cm)
Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1905
Accession Number: 05.40.1
A native of Newport, Rhode Island, and Stuart’s first cousin, Joseph Anthony was trained as a silversmith and jeweler, his family business. Anthony moved to Philadelphia about 1783 where his trade thrived, and he married Henrietta Hillegas of that city shortly thereafter. This picture, painted in Stuart’s best English manner, fully captures the confident mood of this substantial craftsman, whose ruddy good looks and careful dress suggest success and happiness.