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Gilbert DeBlois

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After settling in London, Copley at last fulfilled his dream of European study and began to paint history paintings, as he had long desired, but he also continued to make portraits in order to provide a steady income for his family. Among Copley’s London clients were American Loyalists such as...

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Late 1770s, the sitter, Gilbert DeBlois (1725-1791); 1791, by descent to his son, Lewis DeBlois (died 1833); by descent to his daughter, Charlotte (died 1881). By 1873, sold to a great granddaughter of the artist, Susan Hammond Timmons Perkins (Mrs. Augustus Thorndike Perkins, 1841-1894). By 1915, to Mrs. C. H. Parker, Boston. By 1930, George L. DeBlois, Boston; by descent to Dr. Elizabeth DeBlois (1901-1989), Boston; 1990, gift of the estate of Dr. Elizabeth DeBlois to the MFA. (Accession Date: May 23, 1990)

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Gift of the Estate of Dr. Elizabeth DeBlois

late 1770s


91.76 x 71.12 cm (36 1/8 x 28 in.)

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Oil on canvas