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The Copley Family

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From 1776 to 1777, after immigrating to England from America, Copley painted a monumental portrait of his family (now at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.). He had preceded them to Europe by eighteen months, so the composition celebrated their happy reunion. It also demonstrated...

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Provenance

About 1788, the artist, London, England; by 1802, to the artist's daughter, Elizabeth Copley (Mrs. Gardiner Greene), Boston [1]; by 1852, to the artist's granddaughter, Martha Babcock Greene Amory (Mrs. Charles Amory, 1812-1880), Boston; by 1873, to the artist's granddaughter, Mary Copley Greene Amory (Mrs. James Sullivan Amory, (1817-1892), Brookline, Mass.; by 1915, by descent to her grandson, Ingersoll Amory (1869-1921), Boston; by 1939, by descent to his granddaughter, Mrs. John McAndrew (Betty Amory Bartlett, born 1906), Wellesley, Mass.; 1974, to her cousins, Daniel Amory, Portland, Me., and Robert Amory, Cambridge, Mass.; 1977, partial purchase and gift of Daniel Amory and Robert Amory to the MFA. (Accession date: December 15, 1977) [1] Mrs. Copley wrote to her daughter, Mrs. Greene in December, 1802, "We shall be happy in the pleasure it affords you and the rest of our dear friends in America. It contains the best likeness of my departed and dearly valued father."

Credit Line

Henry H. and Zoe Oliver Sherman Fund and Gift of Daniel and Robert Amory

about 1788

Dimensions

52.07 x 64.77 cm (20 1/2 x 25 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

1977.775

Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas

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Americas

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