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Identification and Creation

Object Number
Joseph Blackburn, British (England c. 1725 - 1787 Worcestershire, England)
Daniel Greenleaf (1680 - 1763)
The Reverend Daniel Greenleaf (1680-1763)
Work Type
Creation Place: North America, United States
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Physical Descriptions

Oil on canvas
76.3 x 66 cm (30 1/16 x 26 in.)
framed: 92.7 x 85.1 cm (36 1/2 x 33 1/2 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: l.l.: I. Blackburn Pi[nx]it 1755


Recorded Ownership History
Simon Greenleaf (1783-1853); his son, James Edward Greenleaf (1832-1900) and Mary Elizabeth Willard (1831-?); their daughter, Mary Willard Greenleaf.

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard University Portrait Collection, Bequest of Mary W. Greenleaf in memory of Dr. Robert Willard Greenleaf, Class of 1877, in 1936
Object Number
European and American Art

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Publication History

  • Theodore Bolton and Henry Lorin Binsse, "An American Artist of Formula: Joseph Blackburn. The Second in a Series Dealing with American Portrait Painters and Including a Catalogue of the Artist's Works", The Antiquarian (November 1930), vol. 15, no. 5, pp. 50-53, 88, 90-92, 90
  • John Hill Morgan and Henry Wilder Foote, An Extension of Lawrence Park's Descriptive List of the Works of Joseph Blackburn (Worcester, MA, 1937), pp. 27, 33, no. 113
  • 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. 180, cat. 940
  • C. H. Collins Baker, "Notes on Joseph Blackburn and Nathaniel Dance" (1945), p. 41
  • D. Brenton Simons, "Murder in Colonial Boston: The Ill-fated Greenleaf Children and Their Portraits, Part I", New England Ancestors (December 2000), vol. I, no. 5-6, pp. 11-15, ill. p. 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), p. 95, cat. 46, ill.

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