Artist John Hesselius, American, 1728-1778
  • Mrs. 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 3/8 × 34 7/8 × 2 1/4 inches (107.6 × 88.6 × 5.7 cm)
Credit Line Gift of Dexter M. Ferry, Jr.
Accession Number 27.607
Department American Art before 1950
On View American W261, Level 2 (see map)
ca. 1758-before 1764, the sitter, Mrs. William Allen
before 1764-1790 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 Wallaston and Harding." Bulletin of the DIA 9, 2 (November 1927): p. 20. [attributed to Wollaston]

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, p. 410. [attributed to Wollaston]

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

Sellers, Charles Coleman. "Mezzotint Prototypes of Colonial Portraiture: A Survey Based on the Research of Waldron Phoenix Belknap, Jr." Art Quarterly 20 (Winter 1957): p. 432, no. 18D (pl. 22).

Belknap, Waldron Phoenix, Jr. American Colonial Painting. Cambridge, MA, 1959, p. 295, no. 18D (pl. 22).

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. 124-126, no. 53.