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Portrait of a Young Married Couple

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Although the sitters in this portrait are unidentified, in all likelihood they were husband and wife. The painting has the typical format of a seventeenth-century marriage portrait, and the ivy clinging to the architecture behind them is a symbol of marital love and fidelity. Although the...

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1880, possibly John Robert Townshend, 1st Earl Sydney (b. 1805 - d. 1890), Kent, England [see note 1]. 1907, Messrs. Lawrie and Co., London; 1907, sold by Lawrie, through Blakeslee Galleries, New York, to Robert Dawson Evans (d. 1909), Boston; 1909, by inheritance to Mrs. Robert Dawson Evans (Maria Antoinette Hunt) (b. 1845 - d. 1917), Boston; 1917, bequest of Mrs. Robert Dawson Evans to the MFA [see note 2]. (Accession Date: November 1, 1917) NOTES: [1] According to notes in the curatorial file, the Earl of Sydney lent a painting attributed to Rubens to the Royal Academy in 1880 (no. 54, "A Lady and a Gentleman," 48 1/2 x 36 1/2 in.). [2] Accessioned as a work by Peter Paul Rubens.

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Robert Dawson Evans Collection

about 1621–22


124.5 x 92.4 cm (49 x 36 3/8 in.)

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Oil on panel