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Portrait of Two Girls (Misses Cumberland)

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After 1772-3, commissioned from the artist by Richard Cumberland (b. 1732 - d. 1811) Cambridge, UK [see note 1]; by 1811, inherited by Sophia Cumberland (Mrs. William Badcock), (b. 1761 - d. 1823); after 1823, by descent through the family to Rev. W.R. Brodrick, (grandson of Sophia); March 19, 1892, Brodrick sale, Christie's, London, lot 724, bought in to F.H. Brodrick [see note 2]; June 14, 1902, Anonymous sale, Christie's, London, lot 91, to Agnew's, London (stock no. 518); 1902-4, sold by Agnew's to T. J. Blakeslee & Co. Galleries, New York; by 1909, purchased by Robert Dawson Evans (b. 1843 - d. 1909), Boston; 1909, inherited by his widow, Mrs. Robert Dawson Evans (Maria Antoinette Hunt) (b. 1845 - 1917), Boston; 1917, bequest of Mrs. Robert Dawson Evans to the MFA. (Accession date: November 1, 1917). NOTES: [1] A prolific playwright and father of the sitters, Elizabeth (b. 1759/60 - d. 1837) and Sophia (b. 1761 - 1823), Kent. Elizabeth, (holding her father's 1772 play, The Fashionable Lover), would later become Lady Edward Cavendish-Bentinck, while Sophia would later become Mrs. William Badcock, then Mrs. Reese. [2] F.H. Brodrick lent the painting to the 1900 Grafton Galley Exhibition, London, no. 96.

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Robert Dawson Evans Collection

English, about 1772–73


73.7 x 63.5 cm (29 x 25 in.)

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Oil on canvas