Elihu Yale with Members of his Family and an Enslaved Child

Oil on canvas | 201.3 x 235.6cm | c. 1708

Attributed to John Verelst, ca. 1675–1734, Dutch, active in Britain (by 1697)

This painting depicts the university’s early benefactor and namesake, Elihu Yale (1649–1721). He is seated between his sons-in-law, whose marriages to his daughters Catherine and Anne Yale had been brokered with the vast wealth he had accrued as a me...
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