John Dart (1750–1782), the son of Benjamin Dart, was a lawyer in Charleston, South Carolina. In 1772, he married Henrietta Sommers. This portrait and its companion picture (67.268.2) were probably painted around the time of the Dart’s marriage. The elaborate coat and waistcoat date from the 1760s, but Theus often copied costumes for his sitters from mezzotints.
Dart-Roper-Bryan family; Richard R. Bryan, John's Island, South Carolina, by 1953–1958; with James Arthur Williams, Savannah, Georgia, 1958; with Harry Arons, Ansonia, Connecticut, 1958; Edgar William and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch, Cambridge, Maryland, 1958–1967