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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Attributed to John Greenwood, American (Boston, MA 1727 - 1792 Margate, England)
Edward Bromfield (1723-1746)
Edward Bromfield, Jr. (1723-1746)
Other Titles
Former Title: Edward Bromfield
Work Type
c. 1746
Creation Place: North America, United States, Massachusetts
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Physical Descriptions
Oil on canvas
92.1 x 71.8 cm (36 1/4 x 28 1/4 in.)
framed: 108 x 87.3 x 6.4 cm (42 1/2 x 34 3/8 x 2 1/2 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: inscribed first book: H/ BIBLE; second book: NEWTON/ OPTICS; third book: PH?
Descent through the Bromfield family; Mrs. M. Bromfield Blanchard, 1872; loan from the Bromfield School to the Harvard Corporation, 1932.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard University Portrait Collection, Loan from the Bromfield School to the Harvard Corporation, 1932
Object Number
European and American Art
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Publication History

Justin Winsor, The Memorial History of Boston, James R. Osgood & Co. (Boston, MA, 1881), vol. 1, p. 509, ill.

Frank William Bayley, Five Colonial Artists of New England: Joseph Badger, Joseph Blackburn, John Singleton Copley, Robert Feke, John Smibert, Southworth Press (Boston, 1929), pp. 75, 79

Laura M. Huntsinger, Harvard Portraits: A Catalogue of Portrait Paintings at Harvard University, ed. Alan Burroughs, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, MA, 1936), pp. 29-30, ill. p. 31

Alan Burroughs, Limners and Likenesses: Three Centuries of American Painting, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, MA, 1936), p. 40

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. 53, cat. 281

Alan Burroughs, John Greenwood in America, 1745-1752: A Monograph With Notes and a Check List, Addison Gallery of American Art (Andover, MA, 1943), p. 32-33, fig. 21, ill. p. 84 (detail)

Henry Wilder Foote, John Smibert, painter; with a descriptive catalogue of portraits and notes on the work of Nathaniel Smibert, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, MA, 1950), pp. 262-63

H.C. Warwick and Henry C. Pitz, Early American Dress, B. Blom (New York, NY, 1965), pp. 157, 284, pl. 34a

Jules David Prown, John Singleton Copley, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, MA, 1966), vol. 1, p. 67

William B. Stevens and Bonnie Havholm, Boston Painters, 1720-1940, exh. cat., Boston University School of Fine and Applied Arts (Boston, 1968), p. 9

Louise Todd Ambler, Early Science at Harvard: Innovators and Their Instruments, 1765 - 1865, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, December 1969-January 1970), pp. 24-25, 77, cat. 25, ill.

Barbara Owen, "Eighteenth-Century Organs and Organ Building in New England", Music in Colonial Massachusetts, 1630-1820, The Colonial Society of Massachusetts (Boston, MA, 1985), 2 vols.

Brandon B. Fortune, Franklin & His Friends: Portraying the Man of Science in Eighteenth-Century America, exh. cat., National Portrait Gallery and Smithsonian Institution (Washington, DC, 1999), pp. 58-61, 65, fig. 4-11

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. 235-36, cat. 186, ill.

Exhibition History

Harvard Portraits by the Predecessors and Contemporaries of John Singleton Cople, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 06/15/1938 - 07/15/1938

John Greenwood in America, Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, 09/18/1942 - 11/01/1942

Early Science at Harvard, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 12/18/1969 - 02/01/1970

Early Science: Smith and Harvard. Innovations, Instruments, Documents., Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, 02/03/1971 - 03/19/1971

Music in Colonial Massachusetts, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, 05/16/1973 - 09/02/1973

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