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Francis Malbone and his Brother Saunders

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Gilbert Stuart completed this portrait of the Malbone brothers early in his career. Although he had had little formal training, Stuart seems to have studied the work of John Singleton Copley and learned to render the fine furniture and apparel that were indicative of social status. He portrayed...

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About 1773, the sitter, Francis Malbone (1759-1809). By descent in the family to Francis Malbone Breese (b. 1837); by 1916, by descent to his niece, Lucy Randolph Blodget, Scarsdale, N. Y.; by 1945, by descent to her son, Francis Malbone Blodget (b. 1887), Greenwich, Conn.; by 1976, by descent to his son, Francis Malbone Blodget, Jr., Rochester, N. Y. and Wolfeboro, N. H.; 1991, partial gift and partial purchase from Francis Malbone Blodget, Jr. to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 26, 1991)

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Gift of Francis Malbone Blodget, Jr. and funds donated by a Friend of the Department of American Decorative Arts and Sculpture, and Emily L. Ainsley Fund

about 1773


91.44 x 111.76 cm (36 x 44 in.)

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Oil on canvas