Overview

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Inscription

lower right on painted spandrel: I.S. Copley. Pinx. 1756; on reverse, in a later hand (beneath lining): Portrait of Jane Browne / afterwards wife of Samuel Livermore / Chief Justice of New Hampshire / Painted in Portsmouth N.H. / 1756 / by J.S. Copley

Marks and Labels

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Provenance

Louisa Bliss Livermore [Mrs. Arthur Livermore, 1790-1871], Holderness and Campton, New Hampshire; bequeathed to her grandson, James Lauren Ford [1854-1928], Brookhaven, New York;[1] sold 20 February 1924 to (Art House, New York);[2] Thomas B. Clarke [1848-1931], New York; his estate; sold as part of the Clarke collection 29 January 1936, through (M. Knoedler & Co., New York), to The A. W. Mellon Educational and Charitable Trust, Pittsburgh; gift 1942 to NGA.

Exhibition History

1894
Portraits of Women; Loan Exhibition for the Benefit of St. John's Guild and The Orthopaedic Hospital, National Academy of Design, New York, 1894, no. 82.
1924
Exhibition of the Earliest Known Portraits of Americans by Painters of the Seventeenth, Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries, The Union League Club, New York, March 1924, no. 12.
1928
A Loan Exhibition of Paintings by Early American Portrait Painters, The Century Association, New York, 1928, no. 13.
1928
Portraits by Early American Artists of the Seventeenth, Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries, Collected by Thomas B. Clarke, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1928-1931, unnumbered and unpaginated catalogue.
1938
John Singleton Copley, 1738-1815, Loan Exhibition of Paintings, Pastels, Miniatures and Drawings, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1938, no. 15.
1943
American Paintings, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1943.
1947
American Paintings from the Collection of the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1947.
1948
American Paintings from the Collection of the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1948.
1949
American Paintings from the Collection of the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1949.
1950
The Face of American History, Columbia Museum of Art, South Carolina, 1950, no. 2.
1951
American Paintings from the Collection of the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1951.
1951
American Portraits from the National Gallery of Art, High Museum of Art, 1951, no. 4 (organized by the Atlanta Art Association).
1952
[Opening exhibition], Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, North Carolina, 1952, no. cat.
1952
Opening Exhibition of The George Thomas Hunter Gallery of Art, Chattanooga Art Association, Tennessee, 1952, unnumbered.
1953
American Paintings from the Collection of the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1953.
1955
American Paintings from the Collection of the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1955.
1956
American Paintings from the Collection of the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1956.
1965
John Singleton Copley, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1965-1966, no. 7.
1976
"First Flowers of Our Wilderness", The Santa Barbara Museum of Art, California: The University of Arizona Museum of Art, Tucson, 1976, no. 16, pl. 16.

Bibliography

0
Perkins, Augustus Thorndike. Supplementary List of Paintings by John Singleton Copley. Boston, n.d. [after 1873]: 5.
1894
Portraits of Women; Loan Exhibition for the Benefit of St. John's Guild and The Orthopaedic Hospital. Exh. cat. National Academy of Design, New York, 1894: no. 82.
1907
Hodges, George. Holderness; An Account of the Beginnings of a New Hampshire Town. Boston and New York, 1907: xiii, repro. opp. 60.
1915
Bayley, Frank W. The Life and Works of John Singleton Copley. Boston, 1915: 166.
1921
Ford, James Lauren. Forty-odd Years in the Literary Shop. New York, 1921: 7, 10.
1923
Rogers, Mary Cochrane. Glimpses of an Old Social Capital (Portsmouth, New Hampshire). Boston, 1923: repro. opp. 64.
1924
Exhibition of the Earliest Known Portraits of Americans by Painters of the Seventeenth, Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries. Exh. cat. The Union League Club, New York, 1924: no. 12.
1928
A Loan Exhibition of Paintings by Early American Portrait Painters. Exh. cat. The Century Association, New York, 1928: no. 13.
1928
Portraits by Early American Artists of the Seventeenth, Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries, Collected by Thomas B. Clarke. Exh. cat. Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1928, unnumbered.
1928
Sherman, Frederic Fairchild. "Portraits and Miniatures by Copley, Dunlap, Eichholtz, and Robert Street." Art in America 16 (1928): 122, repro. 123.
1930
Bolton, Theodore and Harry Lorin Binsse. "An American Artist of Formula: Joseph Blackburn." The Antiquarian 15 (November 1930): 50, repro.
1938
John Singleton Copley, 1738-1815, Loan Exhibition of Paintings, Pastels, Miniatures and Drawings, Exh. cat. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1938: no. 15.
1938
Parker, Barbara Neville and Anne Bolling Wheeler. John Singleton Copley: American Portraits in Oil, Pastel, and Miniature with Biographical Sketches. Boston, 1938: 51-52, pl. 7.
1939
Morgan, John Hill. John Singleton Copley, 1737/8-1815. Windham, Connecticut, 1939: 11.
1943
Burroughs, Alan. "Young Copley." Art in America 31 (October 1943): 164, repro. cover.
1950
The Face of American History. Exh. cat. Columbia Museum of Art, South Carolina, 1950: no. 2.
1951
American Portraits from the National Gallery of Art. Exh. cat. Atlanta Art Association, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, 1951: no. 4.
1952
Opening Exhibition of the George Thomas Hunter Gallery of Art. Exh. cat. Chattanooga Art Association, 1952: unnumbered.
1953
Roberts, Kenneth. "Elizabeth Browne, Joseph Blackburn and `Northwest Passage'," Art in America 41 (Winter 1953): 5-21, fig. 7.
1965
John Singleton Copley, Exh. cat. National Gallery of Art, Washington; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1965-1966: no. 7.
1966
Prown, Jules David. John Singleton Copley. 2 vols. Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1966: 1:22-24, 211, fig. 40.
1970
American Paintings and Sculpture: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1970: 44, repro.
1975
Walker, John. National Gallery of Art, Washington. New York, 1975: 390, fig. 561 color.
1976
First Flowers of Our Wilderness. Exh. cat. The Santa Barbara Museum of Art; The University of Arizona Museum of Art, Tucson, 1976: no. 16.
1980
American Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1980: 135, repro.
1981
Williams 1981, repro. 20, 21.
1984
Walker, John. National Gallery of Art, Washington. Rev. ed. New York, 1984: 387, no. 546, color repro.
1992
American Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1992: 147, repro.
1995
Miles, Ellen G. American Paintings of the Eighteenth Century. The Collections of the National Gallery of Art Systematic Catalogue. Washington, D.C., 1995: 21-24, color repro. 23.

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