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Daniel, Peter, and Andrew Oliver

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By the 1720s, Boston, a thriving port whose population had more than doubled in the preceding two decades, was in need of an able portrait painter to commemorate members of its wealthiest families. In 1729 the forty-year-old Scottish artist John Smibert arrived in the city. Having trained and...

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1732, Andrew Oliver, Boston (sitter on the right); 1774, by inheritance to Andrew Oliver, his son, Boston; by descent within the family to Dr. Fitch Edward Oliver, Boston; by 1930 by inheritance to Dr. Andrew Oliver, Dr. Edward P. Oliver, E. Lawrence Oliver, and Susan L. Oliver, his children, Boston; 1953, purchased by the MFA for $10,000. (Accession Date: June 16, 1953)

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Emily L. Ainsley Fund



99.69 x 144.46 cm (39 1/4 x 56 7/8 in.)

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Oil on canvas