In Pursuit of a Vision > Case 1 > Thomas > Isaiah Thomas


The Details:

William M. S. Doyle. Isaiah Thomas. Watercolor on ivory, ca. 1805. [catalog record]

Gift of Isaac Rand Thomas, 1947.

The Story:

In his diary for November 25, 1805, Isaiah Thomas, then aged 56,  recorded sitting for Boston miniaturist William M. S. Doyle. At the time the portrait was made, Thomas had been retired from the printing business for several years and was working on the manuscript for The History of Printing in America, which would be published five years later.

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