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Margaret Gibbs

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Not long after Boston was settled, a wealthy merchant named Robert Gibbs commissioned three paintings of his young children. They are among the finest of the few extant portraits made in New England in the seventeenth century. The artist who painted Margaret Gibbs, the eldest at seven, and her...

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Upper right: AE 7 A 1670


Henry Gibbs (brother of the sitter), Boston; by descent to his daughter, Margaret Gibbs (1669-1771); her husband, Rev. Nathaniel Appleton, Cambridge, Mass. By 1934, by descent within the Appleton family to Ethelind Parker Appleton Smith (Mrs. Alexander Quarrier Smith), Charleston, West Virginia; by 1965, by descent to her daughter, Elsie Quarrier Smith Giltinan (Mrs. David M. Giltinan), Charleston; 1995, bequest of Elsie Q. Giltinan to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 13, 1995)

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Bequest of Elsie Q. Giltinan

g, 1670


102.87 x 84.14 cm (40 1/2 x 33 1/8 in.)

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Oil on canvas