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image of Eleazer Tyng John Singleton Copley (painter)
American, 1738 - 1815
Eleazer Tyng, 1772
oil on canvas
overall: 126.5 x 100.2 cm (49 13/16 x 39 7/16 in.) framed: 149.5 x 125.1 cm (58 7/8 x 49 1/4 in.)
Gift of the Avalon Foundation
1965.6.1
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From the Tour: John Singleton Copley
Object 5 of 12

Copley excelled at portraying elderly men, as with this penetrating likeness of an eighty-two-year-old legislator and former frontier soldier from Tyngsborough, Massachusetts. Eleazer Tyng (1690-1782), sitting comfortably in a Windsor armchair, turns to greet the viewer. His appraising face and rugged hands are highlighted by a golden glow.

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