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image of Baron Graham John Singleton Copley (painter)
American, 1738 - 1815
Baron Graham, 1804
oil on canvas
overall: 144.8 x 118.8 cm (57 x 46 3/4 in.) framed: 174 x 145.1 x 12.4 cm (68 1/2 x 57 1/8 x 4 7/8 in.)
Gift of Mrs. Gordon Dexter
1942.4.1
Not on View
From the Tour: John Singleton Copley
Object 12 of 12

Robert Graham (1744-1836), knighted in 1800, wears the vermilion robes of the House of Lords. The portrait, shown at the Royal Academy in 1804, achieves grandeur by contrasting the brilliant red cape with white ermine and green drapery. In the candid depiction of the baron’s fleshy face and double chin, however, Copley continued his forthright Colonial style.

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