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Identification and Creation

Object Number
Sir George Chalmers, Scottish (Endinburgh c. 1720 - c. 1791 London)
Susannah Inman Linzee (Mrs. John Linzee) (1745-1792)
Work Type
Persistent Link

Physical Descriptions

Oil on canvas
76 × 63.4 cm (29 15/16 × 24 15/16 in.)
frame: 92 × 79.4 × 6 cm (36 1/4 × 31 1/4 × 2 3/8 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: at right: Geo. Chalmers Esqr Barot / pinxt 1782
  • label: verso, upper left, red border, graphite: 9449 2
  • label: verso, upper left of stretcher, red border: [printed:] MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS / [handwritten:] Uknown / 93.30
  • label: verso, left stretcher, red border, black ink: William Amory / frame 6.
  • label: verso, upper left of frame, red border, black ink: William Amory / 6.
  • label: verso, left side of frame: [printed:] TO BE ATTACHED TO BACK OF FRAME. / Title, [handwritten:] Mrs. Captain Linzee / of the English Navy / [printed:] Name of Owner, [handwritten:] Mrs. Wm Amory / [printed:] Residence, [handwritten:] 41 Beacon St. / [printed:] Name of Artist, [handwritten:] Daughter of Mrs. / [printed:] Value, [handwritten] Inman. Artist unknown
  • label: verso, center stretcher: [printed:] Museum 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.
  • label: verso, center stretcher: [printed:] Museum of Fine Arts, Boston / Temporary Loan / No. [typewritten:] T.L. 12,680 / Unknown - Mrs. John Linzee / [printed:] Owner [typewritten:] Frederic Winthrop / [printed:] Address [typewritten:] [obscured]
  • inscription: verso, top of frame, graphite: 2 [encircled]
  • label: verso, upper left of stretcher, red border, partially obscured: [obscured text] -2
  • label: verso, upper right of frame, brown ink: This Picture of my Grandmother / Mrs. John Linzee born January [torn] / who was born in 1754 and died in / [illegible] 1800 I wish to remain with my [torn]
  • label: verso, upper left, brown ink: Picture of my grandmoth, Mrs. John Linzee, Born [obscured]


Recorded Ownership History
Mrs. John Linzee (Susannah Inman); to her husband; Captain John Linzee (1743-1798), her husband or her 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 Museum, 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. 197, repr.
  • John William Linzee, Lindeseie and Limesi Families of Great Britian, The Fort Hill Press (Boston, privately published, 1917), vol. 1, repr. opp. p. 104
  • Jeannine Falino, Lives Shaped by the American Revolution: Portraits of a Boston Family, Harvard University Art Museums, Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 2005), pp. 60-61, cat. no. 5, repr. p. 60

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