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Ezekiel Goldthwait

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Copley’s paintings of Ezekiel and Elizabeth Goldthwait rank among his most successfully unified pendant portraits. The Goldthwaits are each depicted at three-quarter length, seated in darkened interiors, he at a desk and she at a table. Their bodies are turned toward each other but both look...

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Lower right: JSC p./7[ ] [JSC in monogram]


1771, to the sitters, Ezekiel Goldthwait (1710-1782) and Elizabeth Lewis Goldthwait (1713-1794), Boston; by 1873, descended in the Goldthwait family to the great-granddaughter of the sitter, Sally Louisa Williams (Mrs. William Alline), Boston; by 1896, descended to the great, great, great grandson of the sitter, Dr. John T. Bowen (1857-1940), Boston; 1941, bequest of Dr. John T. Bowen to the MFA. (Accession Date: February 13, 1941)

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Bequest of John T. Bowen in memory of Eliza M. Bowen



127.32 x 101.6 cm (50 1/8 x 40 in.)

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Oil on canvas