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Jonathan Jackson

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In this pastel portrait of merchant Jonathan Jackson (1743–1810), Copley imbued his sitter with suavity and sophistication. Jackson is dressed in a blue-green silk damask morning gown and gazes directly at the viewer, exhibiting a worldliness and self-possession that reflects the position he...

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Late 1760s, probably commissioned by Judge John Lowell (1743-1802), Newburyport, Mass., good friend of the sitter; 1802, by descent to his wife, Rebecca Graves Tyng Lowell (1747-1816); 1816, by bequest to the youngest daughter of the sitter, Mary Jackson Lee (Mrs. Henry Lee, 1783-1860), Boston; 1860, by descent to her son, Henry Lee (1817-1898), Brookline, Mass.; by descent to his daughter, Elizabeth P. Lee Shattuck (Mrs. Frederick C. Shattuck); by 1938, by descent to the great great grandson of the sitter, Dr. George C. Shattuck (1879-1972), Brookline, Mass. By 1960s, to Francis W. Peabody, Chestnut Hill, Mass.; 1987, partial purchase and partial gift of Francis W. Peabody to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 24, 1987)

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Gift of Mr. Francis W. Peabody in memory of George C. and Virginia C. Shattuck and Henry H. and Zoe Oliver Sherman Fund

late 1760s


60.32 x 45.08 cm (23 3/4 x 17 3/4 in.)

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Pastel on paper mounted on canvas