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This sitter is said to have worked at the Pump Room, Bath. We have no firm evidence for this but there would certainly have been many slaves working in the city. His costume is almost fancy dress, rather than the kind of clothes that 18th-century servants normally wore.
William Jones worked in Bath from 1769 to 1777. He normally painted still life subjects of fruit and flowers.
The Black Boy
oil on canvas
H 89.5 x W 70 cm
BATVG : P : 1980.1
gift from R. B. Dunwoody, 1963