Thomas McIlworth (circa 1757-1770)

McIlworth-bluemanPortrait of a Gentleman with String Tie
Oil on canvas
30.25 x 25 in.

PROVENANCE:
Private Collection, Connecticut

LITERATURE:
Curran, Ona. Thomas McIlworth: Colonial New York Portrait Painter.  New York 2007, page 74 (cat # 44)  illus. page 25 (Plate XVI)

Thomas McIlworth was a Scottish portrait painter who immigrated to New York, circa 1757.  He was in New York City from 1757-1762, then moved to Schenectady, New York where he lived until 1767.  In that year he went to Montreal and is is thought to have died in the winter of 1769/70.  His sitters included many prominent landowners of NYC, the Hudson Valley, and the Albany area.