older gentleman with grey hair in formal evening dress (black suit jacket and waiste coat and bowtie) with his right hand raised to his temple as if he is thinking

William Henry Seward by John Phillips

c. 1856

Oil painting on canvas, painted by Scottish-born painter John Philip, commissioned by George Washington Patterson, Lt. Governor and Congressman of NY and friend of Seward. John Philip (1817-1867) was a Victorian era Scottish painter best known for his portrayals of Spanish life.