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Identification and Creation

Object Number
John Singleton Copley, American (Boston, MA 1738 - 1815 London, England)
Samuel Winthrop (1716 - 1779)
Samuel Winthrop (1716-1779)
Work Type
c. 1773
Creation Place: North America, United States
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Physical Descriptions

Oil on canvas
126.6 x 102.2 cm (49 13/16 x 40 1/4 in.)
framed: 145.4 x 120.7 x 11.4 cm (57 1/4 x 47 1/2 x 4 1/2 in.)


Recorded Ownership History
By descent through family to Henry G. Andrews, before 1845; Mrs. James (Sarah) Andrews, before 1853; to Col. John Winthrop, her nephew and sitter's great grandnephew, Newport, 1853; gift of his executors and the heirs of Mrs. Andrews to Harvard, 1894.

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard University Portrait Collection, Gift to Harvard College by the executors of the estate of John Winthrop and heirs of Mrs. Andrews, 1894
Object Number
European and American Art

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Publication History

  • 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. 103
  • Frank William Bayley, The Life and Works of John Singleton Copley: Founded on the Work of Augustus Thorndike Perkins, The Taylor Press (Boston, MA, 1915), p. 260
  • Theodore Bolton and Henry Lorin Binsse, "John Singleton Copley", The Antiquarian (New York, NY, December 1930), pp. 116-118., p. 118
  • Laura M. Huntsinger, Harvard Portraits: A Catalogue of Portrait Paintings at Harvard University, ed. Alan Burroughs, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, MA, 1936), pp. 151-152
  • 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), pp. 211-212, pl. 68
  • Historical Records Survey, Division of Professional and Service Projects, Works Progress Administration, American Portraits, 1620-1825, found in Massachusetts, Volumes 1 and 2, Historical Records Survey (Boston, MA, 1939), p. 478, cat. 2529
  • Lawrence Shaw Mayo, The Winthrop Family in America, Massachusetts Historical Society (Boston, MA, 1948), p. 196, ill. opp. p. 194
  • Harvard University, Winthrop Family Portraits at Harvard: John Winthrop House, Harvard University, brochure (Cambridge, MA, April 1956), pp. 7-8
  • "Winthrop Gift", Harvard Alumni Bulletin, Harvard University (Cambridge, MA, June 5, 1965), pp. 669-670
  • Jules David Prown, John Singleton Copley, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, MA, 1966), vol. 1, pp. 89, 116, 235, pl. 329
  • Robert F. Perkins, Jr. and William J. Gavin, III, Boston Athenaeum Art Exhibition Index, 1827-1874, The Library of the Boston Athenaeum (Boston, MA, 1980), p. 39
  • Morrison Heckscher, "Copley's Picture Frames", John Singleton Copley in America, ed. Carrie Rebora Barratt, The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, 1995-1996), p. 151
  • 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. 146-147, cat. 91, ill.

Exhibition History

  • Unidentified Exhibition, Boston Athenaeum, 1828, Boston Athenaeum, Boston, 01/01/1828 - 12/31/1828

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