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Colonel Edward Fell


Three-quarter length portrait of Colonel Edward Fell (1736-1766) He is portrayed wearing a bright red waistcoat and blue coat with red facings and white satin trim. His right hand is placed on his hip, while his left gloved hand holds the hilt of a sword. Fell served as a colonel in Maryland’s Provincial Army during the French and Indian War. Before the war, Fell inherited around 3,000 acres of family land along Copus Harbor and planned to develop the land. By 1761, Fell laid out and began selling and leasing lots in the new Fells Point. By 1773, the city of Baltimore annexed the land and by the end of the American Revolution, Fells Point became a center for shipbuilding and trade in Maryland.



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Attributed to John Hesselius (1728-1778).


Oil on canvas


Frame: 56.5 H x 47 W inches

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Gift of Katherine Bainbridge, Ella B.G. Brigham, Harrison Garrett, Trustees of Johnson Garrett, John T.H. Johnson, Josephine D. Johnson, Alice W. Phillips, Rose Johnson Randall, William L. Reed

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