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lower right in graphite: (not deciphered) Siege of Gibaltrar/3 6 0 12; along the upper edge in graphite: 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2; along the right sheet edge in graphite: 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1; along the lower edge in graphite: 6 5 3 2 1; verso lower right corner in graphite: Siege of Gibraltar


the artist, London; Lord Lyndhurst (John Singelton Copley, Jr.), London, 1815; (Lyndhurst Library Sale, Christie's, London, 1864); Edward Basil Jupp, London; Amory Family, Boston, MA; (Harry Shaw Newman Gallery, New York); Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1948; acquired 2014 by the National Gallery of Art

Exhibition History

Exhibition of Drawings by Copley, Harry Shaw Newman Gallery, New York, 1947
Drawings by American Masters, Howard University, Washington, DC, 1952
George Washington's World, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas, 1954
The Human Form: Contemporary American Figure Drawing and the Academic Tradition, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1980, no. 1
Early America on Paper: Prints and Drawings, 1750-1850, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1981
American Master Drawings from the Collection, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1983
American Masters: Works on Paper from the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, 1986-1988, pp. 10-13, 36, no. 1, repro


Prown, Jules David. John Singleton Copley, vol. 2. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1966, p. 449, fig. 513 (as "Three Figures Pulling on Spanish Colors").
Simmons, Linda Crocker and with the assistance of Adrianne J. Humphrey, et al. American Drawings, Watercolors, Pastels, and Collages in the Collection of the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Washington, DC: Corcoran Gallery of Art, 1983: p. 1, no. 2.

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