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Nicholas Boylston

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Even in the increasingly materialistic climate of mid-eighteenth-century Boston, Nicholas Boylston (1716–1771) stands out as an unusually wealthy and stylish man. His firm, Green and Boylston, became extremely successful in the 1760s, importing from abroad the textiles, paper, tea, and glass...

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About 1769, the sitter; 1771, by descent to the Boylston family, Boston; 1770s, in the possession of Joseph Green, Boylston's business partner; 1778, Moses Gill. By 1873, Moses Kimball (1809-1895), Boston; 1895, by descent to his nephew, David P. Kimball (1833-1923), Boston; 1923, bequest of David P. Kimball to the MFA. (Accession Date: November 1, 1923)

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Bequest of David P. Kimball

about 1769


127.32 x 101.6 cm (50 1/8 x 40 in.)

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Oil on canvas