Inscription

center left, on base of column: JSCopley. R.A. pinx

Provenance

Robert Graham [1744-1836]; bequeathed to Sir George Henry Smyth [1784-1852], 6th baronet, Berechurch Hall, Colchester, Essex;[1] bequeathed to his grandson and heir, Thomas George Graham White [d.1878], Wethersfield Manor and Berechurch Hall, Colchester, Essex; (his estate sale, Christie, Manson and Woods, London, 23 March 1878, no. 25); bought by "Graves".[2] Martha Babcock Greene Amory [Mrs. Charles Amory, 1812-1880], Boston, the artists's granddaughter;[3] her husband, Charles Amory [1808-1898], Boston;[4] their daughter, Susan Greene Amory Dexter [Mrs. Franklin Gordon Dexter, 1840-1924], Boston;[5] her son, Gordon Dexter [1864-1937], Boston;[6] his widow, Isabella Hunnewell Dexter [c. 1871-1968];[7] gift 1942 to NGA.

Exhibition History
1804
Royal Academy, London, 1804, no. 21.
1965
John Singleton Copley, 1738-1815, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Musuem of Fine Arts, Boston, 1965-1966, no. 102.
1968
From El Greco to Pollock: Early and Late Works by European and American Artists, Baltimore Museum of Art, 1968, no. 22.
1995
John Singleton Copley in England, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1995-1996, no. 40, repro.
Bibliography
n.d.
Perkins, Augustus Thorndike. Supplementary List of Paintings by John Singleton Copley. Boston, n.d. [after 1873]: 18-19.
1804
"Royal Academy". Daily Advertiser, Oracle, and True Briton, 30 April 1804: 3.
1804
"Royal Academy Dinner". Morning Herald (30 April 1804): 3.
1804
"Royal Academy. Exhibition, No. I". Daily Advertiser, Oracle, and True Briton. 5 May 1804: 3.
1804
"Royal Academy". St. James Chronicle, or British Evening Post (12-15 May 1804): 4.
1804
"Royal Academy". The Morning Post. (28 April 1804): 3.
1804
"Royal Academy". Times (28 April 1804): 2.
1832
Cunningham, Allan. The Lives of the Most Eminent British Painters, Sculptors and Architects. vols. London, 1832: 5:184.
1873
Perkins, Augustus Thorndike. A Sketch of the Life and a List of Some of the Works of John Singleton Copley. Boston, 1873: 18-19, 129.
1882
Amory, Martha Babcock. The Domestic and Artistic Life of John Singleton Copley, R.A.. Boston, 1882: 239, 241-242, 244.
1910
Bayley, Frank W. A Sketch of the Life and a List of Some of the Works of John Singleton Copley. Boston, 1910: 43.
1915
Bayley, Frank W. The Life and Works of John Singleton Copley. Boston, 1915: 33, 122.
1930
Bolton, Theodore and Harry Lorin Binsse. "John Singleton Copley." The Antiquarian 15 (December 1930): 116.
1965
John Singleton Copley 1738-1815, Exh. cat. National Gallery of Art, Washington; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1965-1966: no. 102.
1966
Prown, Jules David. John Singleton Copley. 2 vols. Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1966: 2:373-374, 388, 421, fig. 653.
1968
Richardson, Edgar P. From El Greco to Pollock: Early and Late Works by European and American Artists. Exh. cat. Baltimore Museum of Art, 1968: 41, no. 22.
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: 394, fig. 570, color repro.
1980
American Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1980: 137, repro.
1981
Williams 1981, 31, repro. 35.
1984
Walker, John. National Gallery of Art, Washington. Rev. ed. New York, 1984: 390, no. 555, color repro.
1992
American Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1992: 152, repro.
1995
John Singleton Copley in England. Exh. cat. National Gallery of Art, Washington; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1995-1996: no. 40.
1995
Miles, Ellen G. American Paintings of the Eighteenth Century. The Collections of the National Gallery of Art Systematic Catalogue. Washington, D.C., 1995: 87-90, color repro. 89.