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Robert Gibbs at 4 1/2 Years

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Not long after Boston was settled, a wealthy merchant named Robert Gibbs commissioned three paintings of his young children. They are among the finest of the few extant portraits made in New England in the seventeenth century. The artist who painted Margaret Gibbs [1995.800], the eldest at...

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Inscription

Upper right: AE 4 1/2 Ao 1670

Provenance

By 1879, Sarah B. Hagar, Weston, Mass. Descended in the family to Anne Hagar Damon, great-great-great-granddaughter of the sitter; about 1926, by inheritance to her son, Theron J. Damon (b. 1883), Worcester, Mass.; 1969, sold by Theron J. Damon to the MFA. (Accession Date: November 19, 1969)

Credit Line

M. and M. Karolik Fund

1670

Dimensions

101.92 x 83.82 cm (40 1/8 x 33 in.)

Accession Number

69.1227

Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas

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