John Campbell of Spotfield and Gibraltar estates


Portrait of John Campbell

A portrait of John Campbell by Gilbert Stuart c. 1810 was sold by the New York Public Library (Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations) through Sotheby's in New York in 2005 to a private collector.


John Campbell (c. 1756-1817), a planter, was born in Jamaica, West Indies. Campbell represented the parish of Trelawny in the Jamaica House of Assembly. He was one of the largest landowners in the area and owned the estates of Kinloss, Duanville and Campbell. Campbell also had ties to the United States and he kept an estate at Phill's Hill, New York. According to George Mason in The Life and Works of Gilbert Stuart, this portrait was probably painted circa 1810 in Boston and the portrait remained in the Campbell family until before 1860. James Lenox was given the portrait by a relative, who had acquired the portrait from Campbell's descendents in New Jersey.


By descent in the family of the sitter, New Jersey Relative of James Lenox (gift from the above) James Lenox, New York, circa 1860 (gift from the above) Gift to the present owner [New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations] from the above, 1876

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