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Identification and Creation
Object Number
2021.79
People
Gilbert Stuart, American (North Kingstown, RI 1755 - 1828 Boston, MA)
Title
Elizabeth Coffin Amory (1741-1822)
Classification
Paintings
Work Type
painting
Date
c. 1806
Culture
American
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/31128
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
73.5 × 59.8 cm (28 15/16 × 23 9/16 in.)
frame: 96 × 81.3 × 10 cm (37 13/16 × 32 × 3 15/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • label: verso, upper left side of frame]: [printed:] TO BE ATTACHED TO BACK OF FRAME. / [torn, missing text], tle, [black ink: Mrs. Thos Amory daughter / of M. Coffin. married 1764 / [printed:] Name of Owner, [black ink:] Mrs. Wm Amory / [printed:] Residence, [black ink:] 41 Beacon St / [printed:] Name of Artist, [black ink:] Stuart. / [printed:] Value, / [black ink:] 4 [encircled, upside down]
  • label: verso, upper left of frame, red border, black ink: William Amory / 4.
  • label: verso, top of frame: [printed:] Musem of Fine Arts, Boston / Temporary Loan / No. [typewritten:] T. L. 10,643 / [printed:] Owner [typewritten:] Mrs. T. Jefferson Coolidge / [printed:] Address [typewritten:] Coolidge Pt. Magnolia, Mass. / [printed:] Date [typewritten, struck through with pen:] Jan 20, 1965 [blue pen:] Aug 25, 1959
  • label: verso, upper center of canvas, red border, black ink: 547.28
  • label: verso, upper center of canvas, red border: [printed:] MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS / [black ink:] Stuart / 87.30 / Lent by / G. P. Gardner & P. Gardner Jr Executor [?]
  • label: verso, upper center of canvas, red border, black ink: William Amory / 4 frame
  • label: verso, lower left of canvas, black ink: This Portrait is the property / of my son Thomas C. Amory. / Hannah R. Amory
  • label: verso, upper center of frame: [printed:] Museum of Fine Arts, Boston / No. [typewritten:] T.L. 12,680 / Sutart-Mrs. Thomas Amory (Eliz. Coffin) / [printed:] Owner [typewritten:] Frederic Winthrop / [printed:] Address [typewritten:] Ipswich, Mass. / [printed:] Date [typewritten:] Feb 18 1965
  • inscription: verso, upper left of canvas, black ink: This picture of my Fathers / Mother, Mrs. Thomas Coffin / Amory, Born Elizabeth Coffin / Died at abt 70 yrs in 1823 / Painted by Stuart, I wish to have belong to my wife du-/ring her liefe, then to my son Wm. Amory Jr. during his / life and at his death to / go to Wm Amory the son/ of C. W. Amory - I wish all / these family Portraits kept / toegther. W. Amory / - 1877-
Provenance
Probably Elizabeth Coffin Amory (Mrs. Thomas Amory II) (1741-1822); to her son, William Amory I (1804-1888); to his wife, Anna Powell Mason Sears (1813-1895); to their sons in succession, William Amory II (1833-1907), Charles Walter "Ned" Amory (1842-1913) and Francis Inman Amory (1850-1921); to William Amory Gardner (1863-1930)[1]; to William Amory III (1869-1954); to his nephew, Thomas Jefferson Coolidge III (1893-1959); to his nephew Frederic Winthrop, Jr. (1906-1979); to John Linzee Coolidge (1937-); to his sister, Catherine Coolidge Lastavica, gift; to Harvard Art Museums, 2021


Notes
[1] William Amory Gardner is the grandson of William Amory I, the son of his daughter, Harriet Sears (Mrs. Joseph Peabody Gardner)
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Catherine Coolidge Lastavica
Accession Year
2021
Object Number
2021.79
Division
European and American Art
Contact
am_europeanamerican@harvard.edu
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Publication History

Boston Athenaeum, Catalogue of an Exhibition of Portraits Painted by the Late Gilbert Stuart, Esq., exh. cat., Eastburn (Boston, 1828), p. 2, cat. no. 24

Exhibition of Portraits Painted by Gilbert Stuart, exh. cat., Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Boston, 1880), p. 13, cat. no. 245; p. 28, cat. no. 14

Loan Collection of Portraits of Women, for the Benefit of the Boston Children's Aid Society, and the Sunnyside Day Nursery, exh. cat., Copley Society (Boston, 1895), p. 36, cat. no. 284

Gertrude Euphemia Meredith, The Descendants of Hugh Amory, 1605-1805, Cheswick Press (London, privately printed, 1901), repr. opp. p. 250

Lawrence Park, Gilbert Stuart: An lllustrated Descriptive List of His Works, vol. I - IV, W. E. Rudge (New York, NY, 1926), vol. 1, pp. 102-3, cat. no. 19; vol. 3, repr. as pl. 8

Jeannine Falino, Lives Shaped by the American Revolution: Portraits of a Boston Family, Harvard University Art Museums, Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 2005), pp. 68-69, cat. no. 8, repr. p. 69

Exhibition History

Exhibtion of Portrtraits Painted by the Late Gilbert Stuart, Esq., Boston Athenaeum, 01/01/1828 - 12/31/1828

Loan Collection of Portraits of Women, for the Benefit of the Boston Children's Aid Society, and the Sunnyside Day Nursery, Copley Hall, 03/11/1895 - 03/31/1895

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