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Identification and Creation
Object Number
John Singleton Copley, American (Boston, MA 1738 - 1815 London, England)
John Codman (1782 - 1847)
John Codman (1782-1847)
Work Type
Creation Place: Europe, United Kingdom, England
Persistent Link
Physical Descriptions
Oil on canvas
91.4 x 71.1 cm (36 x 28 in.)
framed: 113 x 93.3 x 17.8 cm (44 1/2 x 36 3/4 x 7 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • label: back of stretcher, paper: TO BE ATTACHED TO BACK OF FRAME
    Title: Reverend John Codman (script)
    Name of Owner: John Codman (script)
    Residence: 501 Beacon Street (script)
    Name of Artist: J. Singleton Copley (script)
    Value: $900 (script)
  • label: back of stretcher, paper: Museum of Fine Arts
    Artist: Copley
    Subject: Rev. Dr. John Codman
    Owner: Mrs. John Codman
    Date of Loan: May 23rd, 1895
    No.: 2173
By descent to the sitter's son, Robert Codman, 1847; to his son, Bishop Robert Codman; to his wife, Mrs. Robert Codman; her gift to her niece, Catherine Codman (Mrs. Eugene C.) Eppinger; her gift to Harvard College, 1981.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard University Portrait Collection, Gift of Mrs. Eugene C. Eppinger, 1981
Object Number
European and American Art
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Publication History

Augustus Thorndyke Perkins, A Sketch of the Life and a List of Some of the Works of John Singleton Copley, J. R. Osgood & Company (Boston, MA, 1873), p. 45

Frank William Bayley, The Life and Works of John Singleton Copley: Founded on the Work of Augustus Thorndike Perkins, The Taylor Press (Boston, MA, 1915), pp. 33, 80

Theodore Bolton and Henry Lorin Binsse, "John Singleton Copley", The Antiquarian (New York, NY, December 1930), pp. 116-118., p. 116

John Singleton Copley, exh. cat., Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Boston, MA, 1938), p. 21

Jules David Prown, John Singleton Copley, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, MA, 1966), vol. 2, pp. 377, 414, pl. 660

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. 161-162, cat. 102, ill.

Exhibition History

Unidentified Exhibition, Royal Academy, 1808, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 01/01/1808 - 12/31/1808

John Singleton Copley 1737-1815, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, 02/01/1938 - 03/15/1938

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