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Mrs. Ezekiel Goldthwait (Elizabeth Lewis)

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Copley’s paintings of Elizabeth and Ezekiel Goldthwait [41.85] rank among his most successfully unified pendant portraits. The Goldthwaits are each depicted at three-quarter length, seated in darkened interiors, she at a table and he at a desk. Their bodies are turned toward each other but...

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Provenance

1771, to the sitters, Ezekiel Goldthwait (1710-1782) and Elizabeth Lewis Goldthwait (1713-1794), Boston; by 1873, descended in the Goldthwait family to the great-granddaughter of the sitter, Sally Louisa Williams (Mrs. William Alline), Boston; by 1896, descended to the great, great, great grandson of the sitter, Dr. John T. Bowen (1857-1940), Boston; 1941, bequest of Dr. John T. Bowen to the MFA. (Accession Date: February 13, 1941)

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Bequest of John T. Bowen in memory of Eliza M. Bowen

1771

Dimensions

127.32 x 101.92 cm (50 1/8 x 40 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

41.84

Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas

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