- Identification and Creation
- Physical Descriptions
- Oil on canvas
- 127 x 106 cm (50 x 41 3/4 in.)
framed: 147.3 x 127.6 x 6 cm (58 x 50 1/4 x 2 3/8 in.)
- Presumably commissioned by William Stoughton or his family; descended to the Cooper family through the marriage of Stoughton's niece, Mehitable Minot (1668-1738), daughter of Stoughton's sister, Hannah Stoughton Minot (c. 1637-1670); to Thomas Cooper (c. 1660-1705); descended through the Cooper family to General John Cooper (1765-1845) of Cooper, Maine; his gift to Harvard College, 1810.
- Acquisition and Rights
- Credit Line
- Harvard University Portrait Collection, Gift of John Cooper to Harvard College, 1810
- Object Number
- European and American Art
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- Publication History
Samuel G. Drake, The History and Antiquities of Boston (Boston, MA, 1856), p. 524
Josiah Quincy, The History of Harvard University, Crosby, Nichols, Lee & Co. (Boston, MA, 1860), pp. 180, 194
Justin Winsor, The Memorial History of Boston, James R. Osgood & Co. (Boston, MA, 1881), vol. II, 166
Frederick Tuckerman, "Thomas Cooper of Boston and his Descendants", The New-England Historical & Geneaological Register (1890), vol. XLIV, pp. 53-61
William Garrott Brown, A List of Portraits in the Various Buildings of Harvard University, Harvard University Library (Cambridge, MA, 1898), p. 39
Alice Morse Earle, Two Centuries of Costume in America, The Macmillan Company (New York, NY, 1903), Vol. I, pp. 209, 258, ill. opp. p. 260
Louisa Dresser, XVIIth Century Painting in New England, exh. cat., Worcester Art Museum (Worcester, MA, 1935), pp. 25, 97, 143-147, 176, ill. p. 145
Laura M. Huntsinger, Harvard Portraits: A Catalogue of Portrait Paintings at Harvard University, ed. Alan Burroughs, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, MA, 1936), p. 130
Alan Burroughs, Limners and Likenesses: Three Centuries of American Painting, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, MA, 1936), p. 25, fig. 19
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. 393, cat. 2075
Virgil Barker, American Painting: History and Interpretation, The Macmillan Company (New York, 1950), p. 30
American Processional, 1492-1900, exh. cat., The National Capital Sesquicentennial Commission and Corcoran Gallery of Art (Washington, DC, 1950), p. 234, cat. 13, ill. p. 40
Index of American Cultures, Henry Francis DuPont Winterthur Museum (Winterthur, DE, 1957)
Annals of America, Encyclopaedia Britannica (Chicago, IL, 1968 - 1969), vol. I
Kenyon Castle Bolton, III, Peter G. Huenink, Earl A. Powell III, Harry Z. Rand, and Nanette C. Sexton, American Art at Harvard, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1972), cat. 2, ill.
John Wilmerding, ed., The Genius of American Painting, William Morrow & Company (New York, 1973), ill. p. 31
John Wilmerding, American Art, Penguin Books (New York, 1976), p. 20, pl. 14
Bernard Bailyn, The Great Republic : A History of the American People, D. C. Heath and Co. (Lexington, MA, 1980), p. 117, ill.
Michael Quick, American Portraiture in the Grand Manner: 1720-1920, exh. cat., Los Angeles County Museum of Art (1981), p. 13, fig. 8
Sandra Grindlay, "Harvard's Portraits: An American Treasure", Harvard University Art Museums Review (Fall 1992), vol. II, no. 1, pp. 6-7, p.6, ill.
Biography of William Stoughton, Supreme Judicial Court Historical Society (Boston, MA, 1992), p.
James Stoughton, My Savage Ancestor, EPS Printing (South Windsor, CT, 2000?), repr. on p. 23
John T. Bethell, Richard M. Hunt, and Robert Shenton, Harvard A to Z, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, MA, 2004), p. 277
Richard Francis, Judge Sewall's Apology: The Salem Witch Trials and the Forming of an American Conscience, Harper Collins (US) (New York, NY, 2005), ill. p. 107
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. 21, 30, 498-500, cat. 463, ill.
Stacy Schiff, The Witches: Salem, 1692, Little, Brown & Company (New York, 2015), repr.
Edward S. Cooke, Jr., Inventing Boston: Design, Production, and Consumption, 1680-1720, Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art and Yale University Press (New Haven and London, 2019), p. 14, repr. as fig. 9
- Exhibition History
XVIIth Century Painting in New England, Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, 07/01/1934 - 08/31/1934
American Processional: 1492-1900, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, 01/01/1950 - 12/31/1950
Samuel Sewall and His Contemporaries, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, 04/17/1959 - 05/21/1959
Four Centuries of American Art, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, 11/27/1963 - 01/19/1964
American Art at Harvard, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/19/1972 - 06/18/1972
Marks of Achievement: Four Centuries of American Presentation Silver, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Houston, 09/18/1987 - 01/03/1988; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 08/03/1988 - 10/30/1988
The Persistence of Memory: Continuity and Change in American Cultures, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 07/29/1995 - 05/13/2001
- Related Works
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