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A Boy with a Flying Squirrel (Henry Pelham)

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John Singleton Copley grew up in Boston before formal artistic training was available anywhere in this country. Largely self-taught, by the mid-1760s he was the most sought-after portraitist in New England. He aspired, however, to more than provincial success and wanted to know how his work...

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1765, the artist; 1815, by inheritance to the artist's son, John Singleton Copley, Jr., Lord Lyndhurst (1772-1863), London; 1864, Lyndhurst Sale, Christie's, London, lot 163, bought by James Sullivan Amory, husband of the artist's granddaughter, Mary Copley Greene Amory (1817-1884), Brookline; by 1891, by descent to their son, Frederic Amory (1844-1928), Boston; by 1928, by descent to Copley's great granddaughter; 1978, gift of the artist's great granddaughter to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 13, 1978)

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Gift of the artist's great-granddaughter



77.15 x 63.82 cm (30 3/8 x 25 1/8 in.)

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Oil on canvas