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Colonel Gerard Briscoe


Oil on canvas portrait painting of "Colonel Gerard Briscoe" (1737-1801), ca. 1790, by Charles Peale Polk. Gerard was born in Maryland to Robert Briscoe (1718-1798) and Anne Wood Briscoe (1818-ca. 1776). Around 1760, he married Ruth Perry Briscoe (1732- c. 1763) at Rock Creek Parish, Prince George's County, Maryland (now NW Washington, D.C.). The couple had two children. After her death, he married Margaret Baker Briscoe (ca. 1745-1814) and they had around six children. During the Revolutionary War, Gerard served in the Virginia Militia. After the war, the family moved to the area around Winchester, Frederick County, Virginia.


circa 1790


Oil on canvas


26 x 36 inches

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Gift of Mrs. John P. German

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