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Cephas Smith, Jr.

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An itinerant portrait painter, William Jennys traveled throughout New England seeking commissions. In 1803, he was in Rutland, Vermont, where the prosperous attorney Cephas Smith, Jr., hired him to paint portraits of himself and his young wife and child [1974.136]. The portraits were among...

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About 1803, Mr. Cephas Smith, Jr. (1760-1815) and Mary Gove Smith (Mrs. Cephas Smith, Jr., 1775-1831), Rutland, Vermont. By 1955, descended in the family of the sitter to Harriet Chase Benedict (Mrs. Grenville Benedict, 1903-1984), Providence, R. I.; 1974, consigned by Harriet Chase Benedict to Childs Gallery, Boston; 1974, sold by Childs Gallery to the MFA. (Accession Date: March 13, 1974)

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A. Shuman Collection—Abraham Shuman Fund

about 1803


106.04 x 80.33 cm (41 3/4 x 31 5/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas