National Gallery of Art - THE COLLECTION
image of Jane Browne John Singleton Copley (painter)
American, 1738 - 1815
Jane Browne, 1756
oil on canvas
overall: 75.6 x 62.6 cm (29 3/4 x 24 5/8 in.) framed: 89.2 x 76.5 x 5.1 cm (35 1/8 x 30 1/8 x 2 in.)
Andrew W. Mellon Collection
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From the Tour: John Singleton Copley
Object 1 of 12

The eighteen-year-old Copley proudly signed and dated this picture “1756.” His sitter, Jane Browne (1734-1802), daughter of an Anglican minister from Portsmouth, New Hampshire, later married a judge, Samuel Livermore. The painted oval border and the subject’s elegant pose derive from engravings of English portraits. The awkward anatomy, however, indicates that Copley lacked formal training. Still, the young artist did carefully distinguish the textures of taffeta, lace, and beads.

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