Artist John Hesselius, American, 1728-1778
Title
  • Colonel William Allen
Date between 1756 and 1758
Medium oil on canvas
Dimensions Unframed: 36 × 28 1/2 inches (91.4 × 72.4 cm)
Framed: 42 1/2 × 35 1/4 × 2 3/4 inches (108 × 89.5 × 7 cm)
Credit Line Gift of Dexter M. Ferry, Jr.
Accession Number 27.606
Department American Art before 1950
On View American W261, Level 2 (see map)
ca. 1758-1790 or 1793, the sitter, William Allen;
1790 or 1793-1831, his son, Colonel William Allen;
1831-1833, his sister, Anne Armistead Allen;
1833-1857, her daughter, Martha Armistead Edloe;
1857-1875, her son, William Griffin Orgain, who took the name of Allen;
his son, William Allen;
his widow, Mrs. William Allen.
1927, dealer, Robert C. Vose (Boston, Massachusetts, USA);
1927-present, gift to the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
Burroughs, Clyde H. “Portraits by Wollaston and Harding.” Bulletin of the DIA 9, 2 (November 1927): p. 20.

Burroughs, Clyde H. “Early American Portraits at the Detroit Institute of Arts.” Art in America 17 (October 1929): p. 259.

Heil, Walter and Clyde H. Burroughs. Catalogue of Paintings in the Permanent Collection of the Detroit Institute of Arts of the City of Detroit. Detroit, 1930, no. 409.

Burroughs, Alan. Limners and Likenesses: Three Centuries of American Painting. Cambridge, MA, 1936, p. 48 (fig. 44).

Survey of Colonial and Provincial Paintings. Exh. cat., University Gallery, University of Minnesota. 1939, p. 17, no. 45 (ill.). [attributed to Wollaston]

Shaw, Nancy Rivard, et al. American Paintings in the Detroit Institute of Arts, Volume 1: Works by Artists Born Before 1816. New York, 1991, pp. 124-125, no. 52.