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image of Anne Fairchild Bowler (Mrs. Metcalf Bowler) John Singleton Copley (painter)
American, 1738 - 1815
Anne Fairchild Bowler (Mrs. Metcalf Bowler), c. 1763
oil on canvas
overall: 127.2 x 102.2 cm (50 1/16 x 40 1/4 in.) framed: 142.9 x 118.1 x 4.4 cm (56 1/4 x 46 1/2 x 1 3/4 in.)
Gift of Louise Alida Livingston
1968.1.1
Not on View
From the Tour: John Singleton Copley
Object 3 of 12

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Susan Louisa Pendleton Bowler [Mrs. Robert Bonner Bowler, d. 1877], Cincinnati, Ohio, and Covington, Kentucky;[1] her daughter, Louisa Foote Bowler Livingston [Mrs. John Callendar Livingston, 1861-1933], New York;[2] her daughter, Louise Alida Livingston [d. 1967], Oyster Bay, New York; gift 1968 to NGA.

[1] Mrs. Bowler probably inherited the portrait from her husband Robert Bonner Bowler, the sitter's grandson, who was born in Providence, Rhode Island, in 1803 and moved to Cincinnati. They were married in 1842; Noadiah Potter Bowler, Record of the Descendants of Charles Bowler. (Cleveland, 1905), 42. The date of Bowler's death is unknown; he predeceased his wife (vital statistics file, Cincinnati Historical Society).

[2] Bowler 1905, 97; obituary, The New York Times, 16 August 1933, 17; she is called Louise in some sources.

[3] "National Gallery Acquires Its 10th Painting by Copley," The New York Times, 19 July 1968, 25.

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