William McLellan Sr., Portland, ca.1800

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William McLellan Sr., Portland, ca.1800

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Capt. William McLellan Sr. (ca. 1735-1815) was owner and master of the sloop "Centurian," one of the ships destroyed by the British during the Penobscot expedition in 1779. After the war, McLellan was a leading Portland merchant.

John Brewster, who painted the portrait, was born deaf. He trained as a painter and traveled the New England coast as an itinterant artist between 1796 and 1833.

He eventually settled in Buxton.

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About This Item

  • Title: William McLellan Sr., Portland, ca.1800
  • Creator: Brewster, John
  • Creation Date: circa 1800
  • Subject Date: circa 1800
  • Town: Portland
  • County: Cumberland
  • State: ME
  • Media: Oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 99 cm x 81 cm
  • Local Code: A86-758
  • Object Type: Image

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