About this artwork
The Scottish-born painter John Smibert studied in London and Italy before settling in Boston in 1728. His skills as a trained formal portraitist were in great demand among the wealthy and powerful colonists in Boston. Richard Bill was a prosperous merchant and politically involved citizen. Smibert depicted him dressed in fashionable costume and standing next to a writing table. A large ship is visible through the window in the background. These details hint at Bill’s success and prestige.
- John Smibert
- Richard Bill
- United States
- Oil on canvas
- 127.6 × 102.2 cm (50 1/4 × 40 1/4 in.)
- Friends of American Art Collection