Provenance

The artist; his son, John Singleton Copley, Jr., Lord Lyndhurst [1772-1863], London; (his sale, Christie, Manson and Woods, London, 5 March 1864, no. 86); bought by "Clarke" for Martha Babcock Greene Amory [Mrs. Charles Amory, 1812-1880], the artist's granddaughter, and her husband, Charles Amory [1808-1898], Boston;[1] purchased 1872 by their daughter, Susan Greene Amory Dexter [1840-1924] and son-in-law, Franklin Gordon Dexter [1824-1903], Boston;[2] their son, Gordon Dexter [1864-1937], Boston;[3] his widow, Isabella Hunnewell Dexter [c.1871-1968];[4] gift 1942 to NGA.

Exhibition History
1793
Royal Academy of Arts, London, 1793, no. 75.
1871
Boston Atheneum, 1871-1873.
1965
John Singleton Copley, 1738-1815, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1965-1966, no. 90.
1995
John Singleton Copley in England, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1995-1996, no. 38, repro.
Bibliography
1793
"Exhibition of Pictures", Times (London), 30 April, 1793: 4.
1793
"Royal Academy. A Review of the Exhibition, 1793. No. II", London Recorder, or Sunday Gazette, 5 May, 1793: 4..
1793
"Royal Academy." London Chronicle (27-30 April 1793): 412.
1793
"Royal Academy. Names of the Persons whom the Portraits represent." Public Advertiser (2 May 1793): 4.
1793
"Royal Academy." Public Advertiser (30 April 1793): 2.
1793
"Royal Academy." True Briton (1 May 1793): 3.
1793
"The Royal Academy." True Briton (29 April 1793): 2.
1793
"The Twenty-Fifth Exhibition of the Royal Academy", The Morning Herald, 30 April 1793: 2.
1867
Tuckerman, Henry T. Book of the Artists. New York, 1867: 79.
1873
Perkins, Augustus Thorndike. A Sketch of the Life and a List of Some of the Works of John Singleton Copley. Boston, 1873: 83, 98-99, 133.
1882
Amory, Martha Babcock. The Domestic and Artistic Life of John Singleton Copley, R.A.. Boston, 1882: 75, 104, 453-455.
1910
Bayley, Frank W. A Sketch of the Life and a List of Some of the Works of John Singleton Copley. Boston, 1910: 85.
1915
Bayley, Frank W. The Life and Works of John Singleton Copley. Boston, 1915: 32, 35-36, 170, 205-206.
1930
Bolton, Theodore and Harry Lorin Binsse. "John Singleton Copley." The Antiquarian 15 (December 1930): 116.
1940
Swan, Mable Munson. The Atnenaeum Gallery 1827-1873. Boston, 1940: 108-109.
1942
Richardson, Edgar P., "The Recent Acquisitions: The Red Cross Knight by Copley," ArtQ 5, no. 3 (Summer 1942): 267-268.
1956
Richardson, Edgar P. Painting in America: The Story of 450 Years. New York, 1956: 143.
1959
Bouton, Margaret. American Painting in the National Gallery of Art. Washington, D.C., 1959 (Booklet Number One in Ten Schools of Painting in the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.): 14, color repro.
1963
Walker, John. National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. New York, 1963 (reprinted 1964 in French, German, and Spanish): 320, repro.
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. 90.
1966
Prown, Jules David. John Singleton Copley. 2 vols. Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1966: 2:342, 388, 403, 445.
1970
American Paintings and Sculpture: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1970: 46, repro.
1975
Walker, John. National Gallery of Art, Washington. New York, 1975: 394, fig. 569, color repro.
1980
American Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1980: 137, repro.
1980
Bradley, Laurel. "Eighteenth-Century Paintings and Illustrations of Spenser's Faerie Queene: A Study in Taste." Marsyas 20 (1980): 42.
1980
Perkins, Robert F. and William J. Gavin III. The Boston Athenaeum Art Exhibition Index, 1827-1874. Boston, 1980: 41, 288-289.
1980
Wilmerding, John. American Masterpieces from the National Gallery of Art. National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1980: 9
1981
Williams 1981, 31, repro. 28-29.
1984
Walker, John. National Gallery of Art, Washington. Rev. ed. New York, 1984: 390, no. 554, color repro.
1992
American Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1992: 151, repro.
1995
John Singleton Copley in England. Exh. cat. National Gallery of Art, Washington; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1995-1996: no. 38.
1995
Kramer, Hilton. "Copley's Decline." Art & Antiques (December 1995): 92-93, 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: 76-81, repro. 79.
2000
Kirsh, Andrea, and Levenson, Rustin S. Seeing Through Paintings: Physical Examination in Art Historical Studies. Physical Examination in Art Historical Studies, vol. 1. New Haven, 2000: 155, 158, fig. 156, color fig. 157.
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