Portrait of Sir William Phipps, ca. 1691

Contributed by Maine State Museum


Sir William Phipps (also spelled Phips) served as Governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony from 1692 to 1694.

This portrait is a copy by artist Gertrude Hill of an original portrait by Thomas Child.

Born on February 21, 1651 on Maine's colonial frontier near Woolwich, Phipps became a shipbuilder and soldier. He was knighted in 1687 for recovering sunken treasure off the Bahama Islands.

He won a decisive victory as commander of Massachusetts troops against the French at Port Royal, Nova Scotia in 1690.

As Governor in 1692, it was his decision that brought the Salem Witch Trials to an end.

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About This Item

  • Title: Portrait of Sir William Phipps, ca. 1691
  • Creator: Hill, Gertrude
  • Creation Date: circa 1691
  • Subject Date: circa 1691
  • State: MA, ME
  • Media: Oil on Canvas
  • Local Code: 72.19.97
  • Collection: State House Collection
  • Object Type: Image

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Maine State Museum, 83 state house station, Augusta, ME 04333

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