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Identification and Creation

Object Number
Bass Otis, American (Bridgewater, MA 1784 - 1861 Philadelphia, PA)
Samuel Adams (1722 - 1803)
John Singleton Copley, American (Boston, MA 1738 - 1815 London, England)
Previously attributed to John Singleton Copley, American (Boston, MA 1738 - 1815 London, England)
Samuel Adams (1722-1803), after John Singleton Copley (1738-1815)
Work Type
c. 1818
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Physical Descriptions

Oil on wood panel
34.9 x 24.4 cm (13 3/4 x 9 5/8 in.)
framed: 51.3 x 41 x 7.9 cm (20 3/16 x 16 1/8 x 3 1/8 in.)


Recorded Ownership History
Thomas Melville (1751-1832), Malden, MA; to his daughter, Priscilla Melvill, Malden, MA; her bequest to Harvard College, 1863.

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard University Portrait Collection, Bequest of Priscilla Melvill, 1863, to Harvard College
Object Number
European and American Art

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Publication History

  • Thirty-Eighth Annual Report of the President of Harvard College to the Overseers, Exhibiting the State of the Institution for the Academic Year 1862-63 (Cambridge, MA, 1864), p. 4
  • Justin Winsor, The Memorial History of Boston, James R. Osgood & Co. (Boston, MA, 1881), vol. II, p. 438
  • William Garrott Brown, A List of Portraits in the Various Buildings of Harvard University, Harvard University Library (Cambridge, MA, 1898), p. 20
  • 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. 10
  • Cuthbert Lee, Early American Portrait Painters: The Fourteen Principal Earliest Native-born Painters, Yale University Press (New Haven, CT, 1929), p. 74
  • Laura M. Huntsinger, Harvard Portraits: A Catalogue of Portrait Paintings at Harvard University, ed. Alan Burroughs, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, MA, 1936), pp. 8-9
  • 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), p. 19, no. 3
  • 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. 7, cat. 35
  • Linda Ayres, Harvard Divided, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1976), pp. 23-24, cat. 3, ill.
  • 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. 372-73, cat. 337, ill.

Exhibition History

  • Harvard Divided, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 06/03/1976 - 10/10/1976

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