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Rebecca Boylston

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Rebecca Boylston was forty years old and unmarried the first time Copley painted her in 1767; the canvas was one of a set of six Boylston portraits he was commissioned to make for the walls of the family mansion on School Street in Boston. About six years later, in 1773, on the occasion of her...

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Center left, on pedestal: JSCp 1767 [JSCp in monogram]


By 1873, descended in Boylston family to Mr. William Boylston, Princeton, Mass.; to the great-grandniece of the sitter, Louise C. A. Nightingale (Mrs. Edwin J. Nightingale), Providence, R.I.; by 1903, to the Estate of Louise 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



127.95 x 102.23 cm (50 3/8 x 40 1/4 in.)

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Oil on canvas