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Identification and Creation

Object Number
Sir George Chalmers, Scottish (Endinburgh c. 1720 - c. 1791 London)
Captain John Linzee (1743-1798)
Work Type
Persistent Link

Physical Descriptions

Oil on canvas
76 × 63.5 cm (29 15/16 × 25 in.)
frame: 92 × 79 × 5.6 cm (36 1/4 × 31 1/8 × 2 3/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: at right: Geo. Chalmers Esqr Barot / pinxt 1782
  • label: verso, lower right, over frame and stretcher, black ink: Amory Pictures / Capt. Jo [torn] Linzee / [illegible from photo]
  • label: verso, left stretcher, top: [printed:] Museum of Fine Arts, Boston / Temporary Loan / No. [typewritten:] T. L. 12,680 / Unknown Admiral Samuel Hood [struckthrough] Linzee [handwritten: capt. John / [printed:] Owner [typewritten:] Frederic Winthrop / [printed:] Address [typewritten:] Ipswich, Mass. / [printed:] Date [typewritten:] Feb. 18, 1865
  • inscription: verso, upper left corner of stretchers, graphite: No. 5
  • label: verso, upper left strecher: [printed:] Museum of Fine Arts / [handwritten, black ink:] Unknown / 92.30
  • label: verso, upper left of frame, red border, graphite: 9449 1
  • label: verso, upper left of frame, black ink: William Amory / 5.
  • label: verso, upper right of frame, black ink: William Amory / 5. frame / [graphite:] R 1
  • label: verso, upper right of frame: [printed:] TO BE ATTACHED TO BACK OF FRAME / Title, [handwritten:] Captain John Linzee / Commander [?] British [illegible text, ripped] at / Battle Bunker Hill / [printed:] Name of Owner, [handwritten:] C [illegible] Amory / [printed:] Residence, [handwritten:] 278 [illegible] St. Boston / [printed:] Name of Artist / Value,
  • label: verso, center stretcher, right side: [printed text:] Museum of Fine Arts, Boston / Temporary Loan / No. [typewritten:] T. L. 10,643 / [printed text:] Owner [typewritten:] Mrs. Thomas Jefferson Coolidge / [printed:] Address [typewritten:] Coolidge Pt. Magnolia, Mass. / [printed:] Date [typewritten, crossed out:] Jan. 20, 1965 [blue pen:] Aug 25, 1959
  • inscription: verso, left side of stretcher, graphite : 2 1189


Recorded Ownership History
Captain John Linzee; to his daughter, 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

  • Anne Rowe Cunningham, Letters and Diary of John Rowe, Boston Merchant 1759-1762; 1764-1779 (Boston, 1903), p. 223, repr.
  • John William Linzee, Lindeseie and Limesi Families of Great Britian, The Fort Hill Press (Boston, privately published, 1917), vol. 1, repr. opp. p. 97
  • Jeannine Falino, Lives Shaped by the American Revolution: Portraits of a Boston Family, Harvard University Art Museums, Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 2005), pp. 58-59, cat. no. 4, repr. p. 59

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