This portrait was painted in 1833 during Valentine's only visit to Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. Samuel Nelson, a member of the local elite who lived there with his family, was a prosperous merchant, a shipbuilder and a member of the legislature for some thirty years. Valentine put his talent to good use: the portrait is a solemn, dignified likeness that captures the sitter's mood of calm confidence. The broad mahogany frame is original.
Materialsoil on canvas
76 x 63.8 cm