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Paul Revere

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Paul Revere is Copley’s only finished portrait of an artisan dressed in shirtsleeves and shown at work. Revere is shown half-length, seated behind a highly polished table, and casually attired. He cradles his chin in his right hand and regards the viewer as if he has just looked up from the...

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Lower right: 1768


By 1873, descended in the Revere family to the sitter's grandson, John Revere (1822-1886), Boston; 1886, by descent to his wife, Susan Tilden Torrey Revere (Mrs. John Revere, 1826-1911), Canton, Mass.; 1911, by descent to her sons, Joseph Warren Revere (1848-1932), Canton, Mass., William Bacon Revere (1859-1948), Canton, Mass., and Edward Hutchinson Robbins Revere (1867-1957), Canton, Mass.; 1930, gift of Joseph W. Revere, William B. Revere and Edward H. R. Revere to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 4, 1930)

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Gift of Joseph W. Revere, William B. Revere and Edward H. R. Revere



89.22 x 72.39 cm (35 1/8 x 28 1/2 in.)

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Oil on canvas