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Captain William O'Brian [O'Brien]
ca. 1780
Maker not marked
USA: Massachusetts (probably)
Paint and pencil on paper on board
overall: 18"h x 10-3/8"w x 5/8"d
Loaned by the Grand Lodge of Masons in Massachusetts

Full-length portrait of man in 18th-century-style clothing. He wears a black hat, red tailcoat, white shirt, vest and breeches, a black Ecravat, and white stockings with black buckled shoes. A curtain drapes at the upper left. At upper right is a window looking out on the ocean with a ship. Portrait is on a piece of paper that has been applied to a piece of wood. There is a hole drilled at top center. Handwritten illegible notations in pencil are visible on back at top left. A strip of muslin is applied along the length of the board on the back right side. An inked inscription is written on the muslin, "83 Capt. William O'Brian 1764."

For further information, see Newell, Aimee, et.al., "Curiosities of the Craft: Treasures from the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts Collection", 2013, p. 234-235.