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Mrs. Timothy Rogers (Lucy Boylston)

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Lucy Boylston was a member of one of the wealthiest families in prerevolutionary Boston. Her father, Thomas Boylston, ran a thriving importing business and owned considerable property in Boston, Roxbury, Brimfield, and Bedford, Massachusetts. In the early 1760s, the family purchased a mansion on...

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Since the sitter had died in 1759, the portrait was probably painted posthumously for the Boylston family. By 1830, H. B. Rogers, Boston. By 1873, William Boylston, Princeton, Mass.; by descent to the great-grandniece of the sitter, Louisa C. A. Nightingale (Mrs. Edwin J. Nightingale), Providence, R.I.; by 1903, to estate of Louisa C. A. Nightingale; by 1925, by descent to the niece of Louise C. A. Nightingale, Miss Barbara Hallowell Boylston, Leesburg, Florida; [ in 1941, Barbara Hallowell Boylston became Mrs. Paul Webster Bean, Auburn, Maine]; 1976, bequest of Barbara Boylston Bean to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 8, 1976)

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Bequest of Barbara Boylston Bean



127.63 x 101.92 cm (50 1/4 x 40 1/8 in.)

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Oil on canvas