Millicent Conway Gordon, 1750
Millicent Conway Gordon (1728–1748), born to a prominent Lancaster County family, gave birth in her short life to four children, two of whom survived infancy and sat for their portraits.
Either John Hesselius was in Virginia in 1748, or family records of the sitter's dates are incorrect, for this portrait is unlikely a posthumous work. It was a major accomplishment for the young John Hesselius. The canvas so closely resembles the style and quality of portraits by Robert Feke that it might be wrongly attributed to the latter were it not signed by the former. Feke's mannerisms of the small head, prominent bust, pinched waist, posturing hands, and attention to shimmering fabric are all present here.