In this article, Millar describes the painter’s take on the The Black Privateersman, a Newport painting of an anonymous privateer during the Revolutionary War. The painting, painted in oils, is a portrait of a black seaman, which in itself is remarkable because there are few if any other portraits of black seamen in spite of the large number of Blacks known to have served in the crews of privateers. It is also worth noting that this was probably the last grand military portrait of a black man until the Haitian Revolution.
Millar, John Fitzhugh
"The Black Privateersman,"
Newport History: Vol. 54:
182, Article 2.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.salve.edu/newporthistory/vol54/iss182/2