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Portrait of Benjamin Gerrish (1717-1772)

2009.22.1 (RS81689)

Description

Portrait of Benjamin Gerrish (1717-1772). Half-length portrait of of an older man with gray hair, wearing a brown jacket and white shirt with lace cuff. Right hand is tucked into front of jacket. A painted oval frame encircles sitter. Gilt frame.

Details

Label
Centennial Acquisitions Exhibiton, October 22nd-23rd, 30th-31st, 2010: Boston-born Benjamin Gerrish was a successful merchant who moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia, but maintained strong ties to his birthplace. Copley’s portrait depicts Gerrish as a prosperous but unpretentious citizen in his early fifties. John Singleton Copley was by far the most talented and successful American-born artist at work in the colonies in the years leading up to the Revolution.
Maker
Copley, John Singleton, 1738-1815 (Painter)
Date
1770-1772
Inscriptions
Reportedly a portrait/of Benjamin Gerrish by/John Singleton Copley. Portrait/cut down from original oval/at some earlier date./2/23/60 (Handwritten note in pencil)
New England Historical/and Genealogical Register/for April, 1913/Benjamin Gerrish, brother of Mr./John Barrett, and son of/Captain John and Sarah/(Hobbs) Gerrish, was born/in Boston, 19 Oct: 1717; mar-/ried in Boston, 19 April 1744,/Rebecca Dudley, grand-daughter/of Gov. Joseph Dudley; and/died at Southampton, England,/6 May, 1772. He lived in/Nova Scotia from 1752; and/was of His Majesty's Council/Men from 27 June, 1768. He/left no children./(For further details, see the Register) (Handwritten note in pen)
KF2971 (Handwritten in pink pencil)
#3750 (Carved into back of wooden stretcher)
Material
canvas
oil painting (technique)
wood (plant material)
Object type
Art
Descriptive terms
canvas
oil painting (technique)
Picture
Portrait
Probably oil paintings (visual works)
wood (plant material)
Dimensions
33 3/4 x 28 3/8 x 1 1/8 (HxWxD) (inches)
Accession Number
2009.22.1
Credit Line
Bequest of Frances S. Warrick
GUSN
175059
Reference Notes
Published for the National Gallery of Art, Washington

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