Provenance

The artist's grandson, John Singleton Copley Greene [1810-1872], Brookline, Massachusetts;[1] his daughter, Mary Amory Greene [1860-d. by 1938], Boston;[2] her sister-in-law, Rosalind Huidekoper Greene [Mrs. Henry Copley Greene, d. 1975], Cambridge, Massachusetts;[3] her daughter, Joy Singleton Copley Greene Sweet [Mrs. Gordon Sweet], Mount Carmel, Connecticut;[4] (Hirschl & Adler Galleries, New York, 1978); Jo Ann and Julian Ganz, Jr., Los Angeles; (Hirschl & Adler Galleries, New York); Richard T. York [1950-2003], New York; gift 1991 to NGA.

Exhibition History
1894
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1894-1932, 1933-1964, 1965-1972. [See Hirschl & Adler Galleries, Inc., Adventure & Inspiration; American Artists in Other Lands. New York, 1988: 16.
1938
John Singleton Copley, 1738-1815, Loan Exhibition of Paintings, Pastels, Miniatures and Drawings, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1938, 22, no. 24, as The Copley Family (Sketch).
1961
Centennial Loan Exhibiton, Drawings & Watercolors from Alumnae and Their Families, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie; Wildenstein & Co., Inc., New York, 1961, no. 68, as Study of Lord Lyndhurst and Mother (for The Copley Family).
1972
Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, 1972-1978. [See Hirschl & Adler Galleries, Inc., Adventure & Inspiration; American Artists in Other Lands. New York, 1988: 16.]
1979
Recent Acquisitions of American Art 1769-1938, Hirschl & Adler Galleries, New York, 1979, no. 3, frontispiece and color repro.
1981
An American Perspective: Nineteenth-Century Art from the collection of Jo Ann & Julian Ganz, Jr., National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1981-1982, 9, 44, 90, 124, fig. 28.
1995
John Singleton Copley in England, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1995-1996, not in cat. (shown only in Washington).
Bibliography
1873
Perkins, Augustus Thorndike. A Sketch of the Life and a List of Some of the Works of John Singleton Copley. Boston, 1873: 48.
1910
Bayley, Frank W. A Sketch of the Life and a List of Some of the Works of John Singleton Copley. Boston, 1910: 109.
1915
Bayley, Frank W. The Life and Works of John Singleton Copley. Boston, 1915: 85, 102.
1930
Bolton, Theodore and Harry Lorin Binsse. "John Singleton Copley." The Antiquarian 15 (December 1930): 116.
1938
John Singleton Copley, 1738-1815, Loan Exhibition of Paintings, Pastels, Miniatures and Drawings, Exh. cat. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1938: no. 24.
1957
Rutledge, Anna Wells. "American Loyalists - A Drawing for a Noted Copley Group." The Art Quarterly 20, no. 2 (Summer 1957): 201, fig. 4.
1961
Centennial Loan Exhibition, Drawings & Watercolors from Alumnae and Their Families, Exh. cat. Vassar College, Poughkeepsie and Wildenstein & Co., Inc., New York, 1961: no. 68.
1966
Prown, Jules David. John Singleton Copley. 2 vols. Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1966: 2:262-263, 415, fig. 345.
1979
Hirschl and Adler Galleries, Inc., Recent Acquisitions of American Art, 1769-1938. New York, 1979: unpaginated, no. 3, color frontispiece.
1980
Troyen, Carol. The Boston Tradition; American Paintings from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Exh. cat. The American Federation of Arts. New York, 1980: 66-67.
1981
An American Perspective: 19th Century Art from the Collection of Jo Ann & Julian Ganz, Jr.., Exh. cat. National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1981-1982: 9, 44, 90, 124, fig. 28.
1988
Hirschl & Adler Galleries, Inc., Adventure & Inspiration: American Artists in Other Lands. New York, 1988: 16, no. 5, repro.
1990
Richard York Gallery. An American Gallery. Vol. 6, no. 1. New York, 1990: unpaginated, 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: 43-45, repro. 45.
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