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image of Abigail Smith Babcock (Mrs. Adam Babcock) John Singleton Copley (painter)
American, 1738 - 1815
Abigail Smith Babcock (Mrs. Adam Babcock), c. 1774
oil on canvas
overall: 116.8 x 90.8 cm (46 x 35 3/4 in.) framed: 140.3 x 115.9 x 7 cm (55 1/4 x 45 5/8 x 2 3/4 in.)
Gift of Mrs. Robert Low Bacon
1985.20.1
On View
From the Tour: John Singleton Copley
Object 6 of 12

The subject, Abigail Smith (1744-1777), was the wife of a wealthy New Haven, Connecticut, shipowner. Mrs. Babcock appears regal in her ermine-lined cape and pearl-studded girdle. Her portrait is possibly Copley’s last American work, finished just before he left for Europe, never to return.

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