William Joseph Williams

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Portrait of George Washington by Williams, 1794

William Joseph Williams (November 17, 1759 – November 30, 1823) was an American portrait and miniature painter.


He was born in New York City, the son of William Williams, a painter born in Bristol, and Mary Mare Williams, sister of the painter John Mare.[1]

Williams resided in New Bern, North Carolina from 1804 to 1823, after living in Philadelphia, Georgetown, and Charleston.[2]

He painted portraits of Presidents Washington and John Adams, as well as other important figures of his time.

Williams died in New Bern and buried in Cedar Grove Cemetery.[3] Today, Williams is viewed as one of the first American national portraitists.


  1. ^ Mr. Penrose: The Journal of Penrose, Seaman by William Williams
  2. ^ Neil Jeffares. Dictionary of pastellists before 1800: Williams, William Joseph. Archived
  3. ^ Survey Planning Unit Staff (September 1972). "Cedar Grove Cemetery" (pdf). National Register of Historic Places – Nomination and Inventory. North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office. Retrieved 2014-08-01. 

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