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Ward Nicholas Boylston

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Born Ward Hallowell, this man became the heir and namesake of his uncle, wealthy Boston merchant Nicholas Boylston. A Loyalist, Ward Boylston left America in 1773 to travel in Europe and the Middle East. He settled in London but returned to Boston in 1800 to reestablish his profitable import...

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The artist; Alicia Darrow Boylston, Princeton, Mass., wife of the sitter, 1828; to Dr. Ward Nicholas Boylston, Princeton, grandson of the sitter, 1843; bequeathed to his brothers and sisters, 1870; to Mrs. Louisa Boylston (Mrs. Edwin J.) Nightingale, Providence, R.I., the surviving sister, 1887; Estate of Mrs. Nightingale, 1895; to Ward Nicholas Boylston, Jr., Brattleboro, Vermont, her nephew, 1925; Mrs. Paul Webster (Barbara Boylston) Bean, 1963; to MFA, 1976, gift of Barbara Boylston Bean.

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Bequest of Barbara Boylston Bean



91.76 x 71.12 cm (36 1/8 x 28 in.)

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Oil on canvas