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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1943.570
People
John Singleton Copley, American (Boston, MA 1738 - 1815 London, England)
Title
Mercy Greenleaf Scollay (Mrs. John Scollay) (1719-1793)
Classification
Drawings
Work Type
drawing
Date
1764
Culture
American
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/307934
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Black and white and colored chalks, and brown ink on buff laid paper mounted to board
Dimensions
sight: 56 x 43.8 cm (22 1/16 x 17 1/4 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: black chalk, l.l.: JSC [in monogram] 1764
  • label: removed from backing, now in curatorial file, paper, black ink, printed and handwritten: [printed:] MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS / Artist, [handwritten:] John Singleton Copley / [Printed:] Subject, {handwritten:] Portrait Mrs. John Scollay, 1764 / [printed:] Owner, / [handwritten:] Miss Mary Ann Bigelow / [printed:] Date of loan, / [handwritten:] March 29 1883
Provenance
Presumably from the artist to Mr. and Mrs. John Scollay, 1764; by descent to their granddaughter, Mary Ann (Mrs. Jacob) Bigelow, by descent to her granddaughter, Mrs. Daniel Sargent; Julius Weitzner, New York, NY; his sale to Grenville L. Winthrop, 1942; his bequest to the Fogg Art Museum, 1943.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop
Accession Year
1943
Object Number
1943.570
Division
European and American Art
Contact
am_europeanamerican@harvard.edu
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Publication History

Augustus Thorndyke Perkins, A Sketch of the Life and a List of Some of the Works of John Singleton Copley, J. R. Osgood & Company (Boston, MA, 1873), p. 106

Frank William Bayley, A Sketch of the Life and a List of Some of the Works of John Singleton Copley, The Garden Press, W. B. Libby (Boston, MA, 1910), p. 98

Barbara N. Parker and Anne Bolling Wheeler, John Singleton Copley: American Portraits in Oil, Pastel and Miniature, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Boston, MA, 1938), p. 179, 229

Jules David Prown, John Singleton Copley, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, MA, 1966), vol. 1, p. 228, pl. 106

Dorothy W. Gillerman, ed., Grenville L. Winthrop: Retrospective for a Collector, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, 1969), p. 242

Neil Jeffares, Dictionary of Pastellists before 1800, Unicorn Press (London, 2006), p. 129

Theodore E. Stebbins, Jr. and Melissa Renn, American Paintings at Harvard, Volume One: Paintings, Watercolors, and Pastels by Artists Born before 1826, Yale University Press (U.S.) and Harvard Art Museums (Cambridge and New Haven, 2014), pp. 131-132, cat. 82, ill.

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