User Menu

MFA for Educators

Engage your students with the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to illustrate themes and concepts in any discipline.

Portrait of a Young Man

Start collecting


Around 1830, possibly Sir Richard John Griffith (b. 1784 - d. 1878), Hendersyde Park, Kelso, Borders, Scotland [see note 1]; by descent within the family to Sir Richard John Waldie Griffith (b. 1850), 3d Bart., and Lady Waldie Griffith, Hendersyde Park; 1927, sold by Lady Waldie Griffith to Agnew and Sons, London (stock no. 6753); 1927, sold by Agnew to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 29, 1927) NOTES: [1] Letters from Colin Agnew of Agnew and Sons, London, to Edward J. Holmes of the MFA (December 6, 1927 and December 10, 1927, in MFA curatorial file) reveal that the painting had "been [at Hendersyde Park] for at least a century, having been brought there by an ancestor of the recent owner" and "brought to the British Isles a hundred years ago."

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. W. Scott Fitz and Robert Treat Paine, 2nd

about 1580–85


64.8 x 55.3 cm (25 1/2 x 21 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas