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Mrs. James Smith (Elizabeth Murray)

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Elizabeth Murray Smith was an importer and retailer of British millinery and dry goods. She conducted her own business affairs and earned economic freedom unusual for a woman in colonial America. She probably commissioned this portrait, as she is known to have sat for Copley in 1769, two months...

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The artist; to Smith family; to Elizabeth Murray Robbins, niece of the sitter; to James Murray Robbins, her son, Milton, Mass.; to Mrs. Robert P. Rogers, his sister, Canton, Mass., by 1915; to Joseph W.R. and Mary C. Rogers, her children; to MFA, 1942, gift of Joseph W. R. Rogers and Mary C. Rogers.

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Gift of Joseph W. R. Rogers and Mary C. Rogers



126.05 x 101.6 cm (49 5/8 x 40 in.)

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Oil on canvas