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Identification and Creation

Object Number
Gilbert Stuart, American (North Kingstown, RI 1755 - 1828 Boston, MA)
Thomas Coffin Amory I (1767-1812)
Work Type
c. 1810
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Physical Descriptions

Oil on canvas
73.6 × 59.7 cm (29 × 23 1/2 in.)
frame: 94.5 × 77.2 × 10 cm (37 3/16 × 30 3/8 × 3 15/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • (not assigned): Measured at IBR; updated dimensions
  • label: verso, upper left of canvas, red border, on top of another label: [printed:] MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS / [black ink:] Stuart / 86.30 / Lent by / G. P. Gardner & G. P. Gardner, Jr. Executors [?]
  • label: verso, top left of frame: [printed:] Museum of Fine Arts, Boston / Temporary Loan / No [typewrtitten:] 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 right of frame: [printed:] Museum of Fine Arts, Boston / Temporary Loan / No. [typewritten:] T.L. 12,680 / Stuard-Thomas Coffin Amory / [printed:] Owner [typewritten:] Frederic Winthrop / [printed:] Address [typewritten:] Ipswich, Mass / [printed:] Date [typewritten:] Feb. 18, 1965
  • label: verso, top of frame: [printed:] TO BE ATTACHED TO BACK OF FRAME. / Title, [black ink:] Mr. Thomas Coffin Amory / [printed:] Name of Owner, C [illegible] Amory / [printed:] Residence, [black ink:] 278 [illegible] Street / [printed:] Name of Artist, [black ink:] Stuart
  • label: verso, top center of frame, red border, black ink: 544.28
  • inscription: verso, upper center, graphite?: 544 [illegible numbers]
  • label: verso, lower left side of frame, black ink: Amory Pictures / Thomas Coffin Amo [cut off] / [illegible text, cut off]
  • label: verso, lower right side of frame, torn: [printed:] [illegible text] ES / [black ink:] [illegible text] omas Coff [torn] ory / [torn] ilbert Stuart / [printed:] Insurance / [black ink:] Wm A. Gardner / [torn:] Wm A. Gardner, Jr [illegible text]
  • inscription: verso, left side of canvas, graphite: # 7 27197 [?]
  • label: top of frame, partially torn: [printed:] MUSEUM [torn, illegible] / Exhibition of GILBERT STUART'S Works / [illegible] [black ink:] Thomas Coffin Amory / William Amory / [illegible text]


Recorded Ownership History
Probably Thomas Coffin Amory I (1767-1812); to his wife, Hannah Rowe (Linzee) Amory (1775-1845); 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

[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
Object Number
European and American Art

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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), cat. no .127
  • Exhibition of Portraits Painted by Gilbert Stuart, exh. cat., Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Boston, 1880), p. 13, cat. no. 244; p. 28, cat. no. 15
  • Loan Collection of Portraits for the Benefit of the Associated Charities and the North End Union, exh. cat., Copley Society (Boston, 1896), p. 37, cat. no. 245
  • Gertrude Euphemia Meredith, The Descendants of Hugh Amory, 1605-1805, Cheswick Press (London, privately printed, 1901), repr. opp. p. 258
  • Lawrence Park, Gilbert Stuart: An lllustrated Descriptive List of His Works, vol. I - IV, W. E. Rudge (New York, NY, 1926), vol. 1, p. 104, cat. no. 21; vol. 3, repr. p. 13
  • Jeannine Falino, Lives Shaped by the American Revolution: Portraits of a Boston Family, Harvard University Art Museums, Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 2005), pp. 72-73, cat. no. 72, repr. p. 73

Exhibition History

  • Exhibtion of Portrtraits Painted by the Late Gilbert Stuart, Esq., Boston Athenaeum, 01/01/1828 - 12/31/1828
  • Loan Collection of Portraits to Benefit the Associated Charities and the North End Union, Copley Hall, 03/02/1896 - 03/23/1896

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