Reverend Nathaniel Whitaker (1730-1795), Class of 1780H

Mason Chamberlin, English, 1727 - 1787


about 1767

Oil on canvas

Overall: 50 × 40 in. (127 × 101.6 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Gift of the Honorable John Smith Whitaker, Class of 1869H



Place Made: England, United Kingdom, Europe



Object Name


Research Area


Not on view


Not signed.

Course History

History 5.14, Americas: From Invasion to Independence, Ernesto Mercado-Montero and Paul Musselwhite, Fall 2023

Publication History

Catalogue of Portraits, and other works of Art at Dartmouth College, Hanover: Dartmouth College, 1932, p. 45, no. 197; illus. opp. p. 61. [attributed to Mason Chamberlin]

George Hill Evans, Catalogue of Portraits and other works of art in the gallery of Dartmouth College, Hanover: Dartmouth College, 1901, p. 29, no. 94. [attributed to Joshua Reynolds]

Dick Hoefnagel with the collaboration of Virginia L. Close, Eleazar Wheelock and the Adventurous Founding of Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire: Hanover Historical Society, The Durand Press, 2002, 143 pp., ill. p. 60.


Painted during Reverend Nathaniel Whitaker's (1730/32-1795) trip to England with Reverend Samson Occom to solicit funds for Reverend Eleazar Wheelock's Moor's Indian Charity School, Lebanon, Connecticut in 1767; possibly commissioned by William Legge, 2nd Earl of Dartmouth (1731-1801); by descent in the Whitaker family; given to the present collection by the sitters grandson, Honorable John Smith Whitaker (1817-1895), New Orleans, Louisiana, 1866.

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