National Gallery of Art - THE COLLECTION
image of Epes Sargent John Singleton Copley (painter)
American, 1738 - 1815
Epes Sargent, c. 1760
oil on canvas
overall: 126.6 x 101.7 cm (49 13/16 x 40 1/16 in.) framed: 144.8 x 118.1 cm (57 x 46 1/2 in.)
Gift of the Avalon Foundation
1959.4.1
On View
From the Tour: John Singleton Copley
Object 2 of 12

Copley's art matured quickly, as evidenced in this forthright portrayal of Epes Sargent (1690-1762). As proprietor of almost half the land in Gloucester, Massachusetts, the sitter confidently sticks one hand in a pocket and leans on a sturdy column base that forms a traditional emblem of Fortitude. Copley candidly noted such factual details as the mole under Sargent’s left eye and the powder fallen onto his shoulder from his wig.

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