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The Greenwood-Lee Family

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When John Smibert’s health began to fail in the early 1740s and Boston was once more in need of a competent portrait painter, John Greenwood, along with Robert Feke, stepped in to fill the void. The American-born son of a Harvard graduate, Greenwood was forced at age fifteen to apprentice with...

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Provenance

By descent in the Lee family to Louisa Lee Waterhouse (Mrs. Benjamin Waterhouse) (d. 1864), Cambridge, Mass. By descent to Colonel Henry Lee (1817-1898), Brookline, Mass. By 1935, by descent to his grandson, Henry Lee Shattuck (1879-1971), Brookline, Mass.; 1971, to his sister-in-law, Virginia C. Shattuck (Mrs. George C. Shattuck), Brookline, Mass., residuary legatee under the will of Henry Lee Shattuck; 1983, bequest of Henry Lee Shattuck to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 12, 1983)

Credit Line

Bequest of Henry Lee Shattuck in memory of the late Morris Gray

about 1747

Dimensions

140.97 x 175.58 cm (55 1/2 x 69 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

1983.34

Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas

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