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James Gambier

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Gambier was an important officer in the British Royal Navy. It was once thought that this portrait, with its fluid handling of paint and its dramatic landscape, was painted in London. However, Copley's obscured signature and inscription at lower right securely date the painting to 1773 and...

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Lower right: J. S[ingl]eton Copley/p 1773 Boston.


1773, the artist; 1815, by descent to his son, John Singleton Copley, 1st Baron Lyndhurst (1772-1863), London; by 1863, by descent to his daughter, Sophia Clarence Copley Beckett (d. 1911); before 1895, by descent to her daughter, Constance Mary Beckett Bruce (d. 1932) and her husband Major Henry Campbell Bruce, 2nd Baron Aberdare (d. 1895). By 1911, Robert C. Vose (1873-1964) and Nathaniel M. Vose, Boston; by 1930, Robert C. Vose; after 1930, Miss Amelia Peabody (1890-1984), Boston; 1937, gift of Miss Amelia Peabody to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 21, 1937)

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Gift of Miss Amelia Peabody



127.63 x 101.6 cm (50 1/4 x 40 in.)

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Oil on canvas