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Joseph Warren

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When Copley painted this portrait of Joseph Warren in about 1765, Warren was a respected physician in Boston and just beginning to participate in the movement that would lead to the American Revolution. He had graduated from Harvard in 1759 and apprenticed in Boston with the London-trained Dr....

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About 1765, Joseph Warren (1741-1775), Boston; 1775, by descent to the brother of the sitter, Dr. John Warren (1753-1815), Boston; 1815, by descent to his daughter, Rebecca Warren Brown (1789-1855), Boston; 1855, by descent to her son, Buckminster Brown, M.D. (1819-1891), Boston; 1891, to his wife, Sarah Alvord Brown, residuary legatee under the will of Buckminster Brown; 1895, gift of Buckminster Brown, M.D. to the MFA through Carolyn M. Matthews, M. D., Trustee. (Accession Date: November 5, 1895)

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Gift of Buckminster Brown, M.D. through Carolyn M. Matthews, M.D., Trustee

about 1765


127 x 100.96 cm (50 x 39 3/4 in.)

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Oil on canvas