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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1943.128
People
John Singleton Copley, American (Boston, MA 1738 - 1815 London, England)
Title
Benjamin West (1738-1820)
Classification
Paintings
Work Type
painting
Date
c. 1776-1780
Places
Creation Place: North America, United States
Culture
American
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/230324
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
76.3 x 63.5 cm (30 1/16 x 25 in.)
framed: 91.8 x 79.1 x 7 cm (36 1/8 x 31 1/8 x 2 3/4 in.)
Provenance
A. Meeker, Chicago, IL; Scott & Fowles, New York; Knoedler & Co. Inc., New York, 1939; their 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
1943.128
Division
European and American Art
Contact
am_europeanamerican@harvard.edu
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Publication History

Theodore Bolton and Henry Lorin Binsse, "John Singleton Copley", The Antiquarian (New York, NY, December 1930), pp. 116-118., p. 118

Portraits of Twelve American Artists by Themselves and Their Friends, exh. cat., Knoedler Galleries (New York, NY, 1942), cover, cat. 1

Jules David Prown, John Singleton Copley, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, MA, 1966), vol. 2, pp. 274, 434, pl. 382

Dorothy W. Gillerman, ed., Grenville L. Winthrop: Retrospective for a Collector, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, 1969), p. 238

Robert Plate, John Singleton Copley: America's First Great Artist, David McKay (New York, NY, 1969), ill. opp. p. 90

Kimberly Orcutt, Process and Paradox: The Historical Pictures of John Singleton Copley, exh. cat., Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2004), p. 12

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. 27, 147, 148, cat. 92, ill., cover

Jane Kamensky, A Revolution in Color: The World of John Singleton Copley, W.W. Norton & Company (New York, 2016), pp. 274-276; repr. as fig.8-5 and pl.12 on p.275

Exhibition History

Portraits of Twelve American Artists by Themselves and their Friends, Knoedler & Co. Inc., New York, 03/01/1942 - 03/31/1942; High Museum of Art, Atlanta, 04/01/1942 - 04/15/1942; Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, 05/01/1942 - 06/01/1942

Master Paintings from the Fogg Collection, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/13/1977 - 08/31/1977

For Students of Art and Lovers of Beauty: Highlights from the Collection of Grenville L. Winthrop, Harvard University Art Museums, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/16/2004

Process and Paradox: The Historical Pictures of John Singleton Copley, Harvard University Art Museums, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 05/08/2004 - 08/29/2004

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