Artist John Singleton Copley, American, 1738-1815
  • Mrs. Benjamin Hallowell
Date 1766 or 1767
Medium oil on canvas
Dimensions Unframed: 47 × 37 1/2 inches (119.4 × 95.3 cm)
Framed: 57 5/8 × 48 × 3 inches (146.4 × 121.9 × 7.6 cm)
Credit Line Founders Society Purchase, Gibbs-Williams Fund, Dexter M. Ferry Jr. Fund, Robert H. Tannahill Foundation Fund and Beatrice W. Rogers Fund
Accession Number 71.168
Department American Art before 1950
On View American W270, Level 2 (see map)
the sitter, Mary Boylston Hallowell;
her daughter, Mary Hallowell Elmsley;
her daughter, Mary Elmsley Bond;
her daughter, Elizabeth Bond Coke;
her son, George Elmsley Coke;
his son, Basil Elmsley Coke;
his daughter, Mrs. A. R. (Cassandra Coke) Wise;
her son, Adam Nugent Wise;
1971, Leger Galleries (London, England);
1971-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
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Parker, Barbara Neville and Anne Bolling Wheeler. John Singleton Copely: American Portraits in Oils, Pasel, and Miniature. Boston, 1938, p. 95.

Prown, J.D. John Singleton Copley, 1774-1815, vol. 2. Cambridge, MA, 1966, pp. 54-56, 108, 124, 140, 142, 217 (fig. 190).

Hood, Graham, Kathleen Pyne, and Nancy Rivard. "American Paintings Acquired During the Last Decade." Bulletin of the DIA 55, 3 (1977): pp.70-72 (ill.).

Shaw, Nancy Rivard, et al. American Paintings in the Detroit Institute of Arts, Volume 1: Works by Artists Born Before 1816. New York, 1991, pp. 59-60 (ill.).