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Artist:
Thomas Badger, 1792 - 1868  Search this
Sitter:
Thomas Paul, 1773 - 13 Apr 1831  Search this
Medium:
Oil on wood panel
Dimensions:
Panel: 20.3 x 16.5cm (8 x 6 1/2")
Frame: 33.3 x 29.2 x 6.4cm (13 1/8 x 11 1/2 x 2 1/2")
Culture:
Thomas Paul: American\African American  Search this
Type:
Painting
Date:
c. 1825
Exhibition Label:
A pioneer in the establishment of independent black churches, Thomas Paul was educated at the Free Will Baptist Church in Hollis, New Hampshire, and came to Boston as an itinerant preacher. In August 1805 he led the effort to found the African Baptist Church, and by the end of the year a meeting house (which stands today as the oldest surviving black church building in America) was completed on Beacon Hill. During the next twenty-five years, Paul exerted strong leadership over a growing congregation and won fame as he expanded his missionary work. Famed diarist Reverend William Bentley of Salem went to hear Paul speak and recorded: "He impressed the audience with a regard to his sincerity & many with a sense of his talents. His person is good."
Provenance:
(Kennedy Galleries); purchase 1970.
Topic:
Interior\Church  Search this
Printed Material\Book\Bible  Search this
Architecture\Building\Church\Pulpit  Search this
Thomas Paul: Male  Search this
Thomas Paul: Religion and Spirituality\Clergy\Pastor  Search this
Thomas Paul: Religion and Spirituality\Founder\Church  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number:
NPG.70.45
See more items in:
National Portrait Gallery Collection
Exhibition:
American Origins
On View:
NPG, East Gallery 136
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NPG.70.45