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Mrs. Richard Patteshall (Martha Woody) and Child

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Among the earliest depictions of a mother and child surviving from colonial New England, Mrs. Richard Patteshall (Martha Woody) and Child illustrates the influence of Dutch and Flemish painting on portraits executed in Boston during the last quarter of the seventeenth century. Consistent with...

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Probably by descent to William Thomas (b. 1718), son of Ann Patteshall; by inheritance to his son, Joshua Thomas (1751-1821) and his wife, Isabella Stevenson; to Hannah E. Stevenson, a relative of Isabella Stevenson; descended in the Stevenson family to Harriet Sumner Curtis; by 1934, by inheritance to Isabella Curtis Halsted, Cambridge, Mass.; 1994, gift of Isabella Halsted to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 26, 1994)

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Gift of Isabella Halsted



113.66 x 90.8 cm (44 3/4 x 35 3/4 in.)

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Oil on canvas