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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Unidentified Artist
John Winthrop (1588-1649)
John Winthrop (1588-1649)
Work Type
c. 1750-1775
Persistent Link
Physical Descriptions
Oil on canvas
91.4 x 73.3 cm (36 x 28 7/8 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: on rolled-up manuscript: Winthrops Journal/at New England/1635 Feb. 16.../The Blessing/of Bay sailed to/Took in freight...
Gift of Adam Winthrop, 1840.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard University Portrait Collection, Gift of Adam Winthrop, 1840
Object Number
European and American Art
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Publication History

William Howe Downes, "Boston Painters and Paintings, Part I: The Pre-Copleyites, Copley, Trumbull", The Atlantic Monthly (Boston, MA, July 1888), vol. 62 no. 369, pp. 89-98., p. 90

William Garrott Brown, A List of Portraits in the Various Buildings of Harvard University, Harvard University Library (Cambridge, MA, 1898), p. 44

Charles Knowles Bolton, The Founders: portraits of persons born abroad who came to the colonies in North America before the year 1701, Boston Athenaeum (Boston, MA, 1919 - 1926), p. 654

Louisa Dresser, XVIIth Century Painting in New England, exh. cat., Worcester Art Museum (Worcester, MA, 1935), p. 158

Laura M. Huntsinger, Harvard Portraits: A Catalogue of Portrait Paintings at Harvard University, ed. Alan Burroughs, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, MA, 1936), pp. 149-150

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. 476, cat. 2521

James Levitt, "Financial Innovation for Conservation: An American Tradition", From Walden to Wall Street: Frontiers of Conservation Finance, ed. James Levitt, Island Press (Washington, DC, 2005), pp. 1-21, p. 5, fig. 1.1

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. 369, 505-06, cat. 469, ill.

Scott C. Steward and Chip Rowe, The Descendants of Robert Winthrop of New York, Newbury Street Press (Boston, 2017), repr. as pl. I, n.p.

Exhibition History

XVIIth Century Painting in New England, Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, 07/01/1934 - 08/31/1934

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