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Identification and Creation

Object Number
John Irving (New York, NY born c. 1841, active 1870s-1880s)
Previously attributed to John Beaufain Irving, American (Charleston, SC 1825 - 1877 New York, NY)
Thomas Charles Winthrop (1797 - 1873)
Thomas Charles Winthrop (1797-1873)
Work Type
Persistent Link

Physical Descriptions

Oil on canvas
76.2 x 63.5 cm (30 x 25 in.)
framed: 95.6 x 82.9 x 5.7 cm (37 5/8 x 32 5/8 x 2 1/4 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: l.r.: J. Irving/ 1880


Recorded Ownership History
Probably commissioned by the subject's son, Robert Winthrop; probably to his son Frederic Winthrop; probably to his son, Robert Winthrop, 1926; his gift to Harvard, representing the Winthrop family, 1964.

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard University Portrait Collection, Gift of Robert Winthrop, representing the Winthrop family, to Harvard University, 1964
Object Number
European and American Art

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Publication History

  • Lawrence Shaw Mayo, The Winthrop Family in America, Massachusetts Historical Society (Boston, MA, 1948), pp. 278-279, ill. opp. p. 278
  • Harvard University, Winthrop Family Portraits at Harvard: John Winthrop House, Harvard University, brochure (Cambridge, MA, April 1956), p. 9
  • Dorothy B. Wexler, Reared in a Greenhouse: The Stories, and Story of, Dorothy Winthrop Bradford, Garland Publishers, Inc. (New York, NY and London, England, 1998), pp. 6, 39, 40, 43, 285
  • 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. 301-02, cat. 262, ill.

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