Colonel William Lithgow, Lincoln County, ca. 1760

Contributed by Maine Historical Society


William Lithgow served as a captain at Fort Halifax in 1754. This photograph of an oil painting appears in the book, Maine and Its Role in American Art 1740-1963, p. 21, edited by Gertrude A. Mellon.

In the early 1750s, William Lithgow was the Quartermaster of Fort Richmond, on the west side of the Kennebec River, across from Dresden.

In 1754, he was promoted to the rank of captain and given the command of the newly-built Fort Halifax, in the Maine wilderness. He was in command for the entire 12 years that the fort remained militarily active.

The original painting is in the Colby College Museum Collection. It was painted about 1760 when Lithgow became a judge of the Court of Common Pleas in Lincoln County.

The artist, Joseph Badger, was the premier portrait painter in Boston in the 1760s.

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About This Item

  • Title: Colonel William Lithgow, Lincoln County, ca. 1760
  • Creator: Joseph Badger
  • Creation Date: circa 1760
  • Subject Date: circa 1760
  • Location: Lincoln County, ME
  • Media: Photographic print
  • Dimensions: 23 cm x 19 cm
  • Local Code: M 709.741 M487
  • Object Type: Image

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