Hesselius, John

Hesselius, John

(1728–78) painter; born in either Philadelphia or Maryland (son of Gustavus Hesselius). Although not as famous as his father, he is remembered for his portraits, notably the charming and straightforward Charles Calvert and a Colored Slave (1761).
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