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Identification and Creation

Object Number
Unidentified Artist
Samuel Willard (1640 - 1707)
The Reverend Samuel Willard (1640-1707)
Work Type
c. 1700-1707
Creation Place: North America, United States
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Physical Descriptions

Oil on canvas
73.6 x 63.8 cm (29 x 25 1/8 in.)
framed: 92.7 x 82.2 x 7 cm (36 1/2 x 32 3/8 x 2 3/4 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • label: frame, paper: Foster Brother/4 Park Square/Boston/Pictures and Frames/Order No. 66
  • label: backing board (removed; see curatorial file): S.E. No. 2970.2/Museum of Fine Arts/ Boston, Massachusetts/Special Loan Exhibition/of/Samuel Sewall


Recorded Ownership History
From the sitter to his daughter, Mrs. Abigail Treat; her bequest to her grandson, Judge Robert Treat Paine (1731-1814), 1747; to his children, 1814; to son Robert Treat Paine, 1842; his gift to Harvard College, 1842.

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard University Portrait Collection, Gift of Robert Treat Paine to Harvard College, 1842
Object Number
European and American Art

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Publication History

  • William Garrott Brown, A List of Portraits in the Various Buildings of Harvard University, Harvard University Library (Cambridge, MA, 1898), p. 44
  • Laura M. Huntsinger, Harvard Portraits: A Catalogue of Portrait Paintings at Harvard University, ed. Alan Burroughs, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, MA, 1936), pp. 147-148, ill. p. 149
  • 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. 465, cat. 2466
  • 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. 158
  • Peter J. Theusen, Predestination: The American Career of a Contentious Doctrine, Oxford University Press (UK) (Cambridge, 2009), ill. p. 53
  • 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), p. 503, cat. 467, ill.

Exhibition History

  • Samuel Sewall and His Contemporaries, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, 04/17/1959 - 05/21/1959
  • Old South, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, 05/06/1969 - 06/01/1969

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