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Mary and Elizabeth Royall

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Copley seldom painted children. His portrait of Mary and Elizabeth Royall is even rarer for showing two children, the teenaged daughters of Isaac Royall, Jr., of Medford, Massachusetts, one of the richest merchants in New England. Royall was a sociable man who loved to entertain in his grand...

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About 1758 to the Royall family, Medford, Mass., until 1779. Gideon Snow, Boston; by descent to his son, the Rev. Theodore W. Snow, Boston; by descent to his daughter, Miss H. Elizabeth Snow, Pomfret, Conn.; 1925, sold by H. Elizabeth Snow to the MFA for $2,000. (Accession Date: March 5, 1925)

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Julia Knight Fox Fund

about 1758


145.73 x 122.24 cm (57 3/8 x 48 1/8 in.)

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Oil on canvas