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Iselin, William Goddard (1903 - 1909)

Role: Grandson of Chancellor William Goddard
Portrait Location: Maddock Alumni Center 107
Artist: Emmet, Lydia Field (1886 - 1952)
Portrait Date:
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 39 1/4"w x 65 1/4"h
Framed Dimensions: 47"w x 73 1/4"h
Brown Portrait Number: 230
Brown Historical Property Number: 1307

William Goddard Iselin was the son of Hope Goddard Iselin, the only child of Brown University Chancellor William Goddard (BP 204) and his wife Mary Edith Jenckes Goddard (BP 205), and C. Oliver Iselin, a New York banker. Hope Goddard and Iselin were married in the Goddard family home on the corner of Brown and George Streets, today the home of Brown's Maddock Alumni Center. Iselin was a yachtsman accustomed to the very best society. He co-owned and managed America's Cup defenders the Vigilant, the Defender, the Columbia, and the Reliance. When he and his wife desired a portrait of their son, they chose one of New England's best-known painters. Young William died at the age of six.

Artist Lydia Field Emmet divided her time between Stockbridge, Massachusetts, and New York City. She belonged to a family of women painters, many of whom studied under William Merritt Chase and became well known for their portraiture. Emmet gained recognition for renderings of children, such as this portrait of young Iselin, as well as for her stained glass window designs, which she sold to Tiffany & Co. When in the Berkshires, she drove a Model T Ford nicknamed "Yellow Peril." As for the distance between Massachusetts and New York, she was said to make this trip alone on horseback. Her portrait of William Goddard Iselin hangs in Maddock Alumni Center, facing a portrait of his grandmother Goddard (BP 205). Both these paintings were given to Brown by Hope Goddard Iselin when she bequeathed her home and its furnishings.