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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
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Louisa Bliss Livermore [Mrs. Arthur Livermore, 1790-1871], Holderness and Campton, New Hampshire; bequeathed to her grandson, James Lauren Ford [1854-1928], Brookhaven, New York;[1] sold 20 February 1924 to (Art House, New York);[2] Thomas B. Clarke [1848-1931], New York; his estate; sold as part of the Clarke collection 29 January 1936, through (M. Knoedler & Co., New York), to The A. W. Mellon Educational and Charitable Trust, Pittsburgh; gift 1942 to NGA.

[1] The portrait probably was inherited by the sitter's son Arthur Livermore [1766-1853], Holderness and Campton, New Hampshire; his widow is the first owner of record; for Livermore's dates, see the Dictionary of American Biography 6: 304. Mrs. Livermore's dates and the reference to the bequest are in James Lauren Ford, Forty-odd Years in the Literary Shop. (New York, 1921), 7, 10, and Barbara Neville Parker and Anne Bolling Wheeler, John Singleton Copley; American Portraits in Oil, Pastel, and Miniature with Biographical Sketches. (Boston, 1938), 52. Ford is listed in Who Was Who in America, Volume 1: 1897-1942 (Chicago, 1943), 412.

[2] Receipt in NGA curatorial files dated 20 February 1924, signed by Margaret Armstrong, a family friend. Art House, Inc., fine arts dealers, was founded by Thomas B. Clarke in 1891. Clarke's direct involvement in the purchase of the painting is shown by four letters to Clarke from Margaret Armstrong and James Lauren Ford's sister Mary K. Ford, dated 30 January and 2, 9, and 18 February 1924, all in NGA curatorial files. The name of the seller and date of purchase are recorded in an 1928 Clarke exhibition catalogue annotated with information from files of M. Knoedler & Co., NY (copy in NGA curatorial records and in NGA library).

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