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The Battle of Bunker Hill

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The battle of Bunker Hill was a recent event when Winthrop Chandler painted this panoramic view of the 1775 skirmish to decorate a cousin’s house in Pomfret, Connecticut. Although Chandler was primarily a portrait painter, he is also credited with about nine landscapes, among the earliest...

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Provenance

About 1776-77, the artist's cousin, Peter Chandler (1733-1816), Pomfret, Conn.; 1816, by descent to Mary Chandler Bowen (Mrs. William Bowen, 1760-1834), Woodstock, Conn.; by 1896, descended in the Bowen family to Herbert W. Bowen (1856-1927), Woodstock, Conn.; 1927, by descent to his widow, Carolyn Clegg Bowen (1876-1949); 1949, by descent to their nephew, Gardner Richardson (1884-1972); by descent to his widow, Dorothea S. K. Richardson (d. 1982); 1982, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Gardner Richardson to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 14, 1982)

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Gardner Richardson

about 1776–77

Dimensions

88.58 x 136.21 cm (34 7/8 x 53 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

1982.281

Medium or Technique

Oil on panel

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