Artist John Singleton Copley, American, 1738-1815
  • John Gray
Date 1766
Medium oil on canvas
Dimensions Unframed: 49 3/8 × 39 1/4 inches (125.4 × 99.7 cm)
Framed: 56 3/8 × 46 3/8 × 3 1/4 inches (143.2 × 117.8 × 8.3 cm)
Credit Line Founders Society Purchase, Gibbs-Williams Fund
Accession Number 43.30
Department American Art before 1950
On View American W261, Level 2 (see map)
Signed Signed and dated, lower right, on column base: J. S. Copley, pinxt 1766
Inscriptions Inscribed, lower right, on column base: J. S. Copley pinxt 1766
1766-1782, John Gray.
1873, Judge John Gray Otis (Boston, Massachusetts, USA).
1899, Judge John Gray Rodgers (Boston, Massachusetts, USA).
by 1908, the Misses Rogers.
1928-1943, Mrs. W. Arthur Dupee;
1943, dealer, M. Knoedler Co. (New York, New York, USA);
1943-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)

Bayley, Frank W. Sketch of the Life and a List of Some of the Works of John Singleton Copley. Boston, 1910, p. 123.

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Bayley, Frank W. Five Colonial Artists of New England. Boston, 1929 (pl. 213).

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Jones, E.A. Loyalists of Massachusetts: Their Memorials, Petitions, and Claims. London, 1930, p. 152 (ill.).

The Paintings of John Singleton Copley. Exh. cat., Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1936, no. 17 (ill.).

Parker, B. and Anne Wheeler. John Singleton Copley. Boston, 1938, pp. 88-89 (pl. 76).

Richardson, Edgar P. Paintings in America: The Story of 450 Years. Exh. cat., Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, 1957, p. 72.

Prown, Jules D. John S. Copley 1774-1815. Cambridge, MA, 1966, pp. 38-39, 53, 216 (fig. 171).

Exhibition of Pictures from Museums of the United States of America. Exh. cat., The Hermitage. Leningrad, 1976, p. 11.

Shaw, Nancy Rivard, et al. American Paintings in the Detroit Institute of Arts, Volume I. New York, 1991, pp. 56, 58-59 (ill.).