Artist John Singleton Copley, American, 1738-1815
  • Mrs. Clark Gayton
Date 1779
Medium oil on canvas
Dimensions Unframed: 50 × 40 inches (127 × 101.6 cm)
Framed: 58 5/8 × 48 3/4 × 3 7/8 inches (148.9 × 123.8 × 9.8 cm)
Credit Line Gift of Mr. D. J. Healy
Accession Number 27.556
Department American Art before 1950
On View American W270, Level 2 (see map)
Signed Signed and dated, middle right: J. S. Copley, fec. 1779
Inscriptions At center right, J. S. Copley, fec. 1779
1779-1809, the sitter, Mrs. Clark Gayton;
1809-1822, her third husband, Reverend James Pigott;
his daughter, Lydia Pigott [Mrs. William Thresher] (Fareham, Hampshire, England); Captain W. Thresher (R.N., Avenue End, Fareham, Hampshire, England);
his niece, Lucy Mabel Thresher.
1922, O'Hagan sale (Christie's, lot 106, London, England).
(M. Knoedler Co., London, England).
1927, Woolworth sale, (lot 876, American Art Association);
1927, Metropolitan Galleries (New York, New York, USA);
1927-present, gift to the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
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