Courtesy of Colonial Williamsburg
August 22, 2012
This period engraving of a lost portrait painted by Charles Willson Peale shows Selim the Algerine, a classically educated North African who became a favorite among Virginia's gentry elite during the late 1700s. Commissioned by Virginia Gov. John Page and displayed in his famous home at Rosewell Plantation in Gloucester County, the painting later moved with one of Page's descendents to Williamsburg, where it was lost during the Civil War.