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
Object 2 of 12
John James Dixwell [1806-1876], Boston, the sitter's great-great-grandson; his daughter, Caroline Dixwell Clements [Mrs. George Henry Clements, 1856-1931], New York; her daughter, Anna Clements Knauth [Mrs. Oswald Whitman Knauth, 1890-1965], New York; her son, Arnold Whitman Knauth II [b. 1918], Rockport, Massachusetts; (Milch Galleries, New York), 1958; (Hirschl and Adler Galleries, Inc., New York), 1958-1959; purchased 1959 by NGA with funds from the Avalon Foundation.
 Dixwell, lender to the exhibition at the Boston Atheneum in 1863, is the earliest recorded owner of the portrait. It probably descended from the sitter to his son Epes [1721-1779], to his son Epes [1748-1822], to his daughter Esther [Mrs. John Dixwell, 1776-1865], mother of John James Dixwell; see Emma Worcester Sargent and Charles Sprague Sargent, Epes Sargent of Gloucester and his Descendants, Boston and New York, 1923, 10-13.
 Sargent and Sargent 1923, 14; Social Register, New York, 1932 (New York, 1931), 153.
 Sargent and Sargent 1923, 15; obituary, The New York Times, 12 April 1965, 35.
 Information from M. P. Naud, Hirschl and Adler Galleries, in conversation with Mary Ellen Fraser, intern, NGA, 26 July 1988; conservation report from Hirschl and Adler Galleries, 30 March 1959, in NGA conservation files.
- Clements, Caroline Dixwell
- Dixwell, John James
- Hirschl & Adler Galleries, Inc.
- Knauth, Anna Clements
- Knauth, II, Arnold Whitman
- Milch, Inc., E. & A.
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