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Portrait of Reverend Eli Forbes (1726-1804)

1991.686 (RS20760)

Description

Half-length figure standing in pulpit with right hand upraised, left hand resting on pulpit; sermon lying on open Bible; green cushion; window and green curtain at right.

Details

Label
In Cherished Possessions, 2003-2005: This portrait shows the minister in his pulpit with his notes for the sermon spread out on the Bible before him. During the bitterly divisive years leading up to the American Revolution, Forbes served as minister in the town of Brookfield, Massachusetts. He tried to maintain political neutrality, to no avail; a mob threw stones at him and his wife, and finally the parish dismissed him. The couple fled to their daughter's home in Gloucester, Massachusetts, where within a year, he became minister of the First Church. There he remained, a respected citizen until his death in 1804.
Maker
Gullagher, Christian, 1759-1826 (Maker)
Date
1785-1787
Inscriptions
1) Handwritten in pencil on frame reverse: ""painted by Guliger"". 2) Handwritten on label on back of stretcher and frame: ""Rev. Eli Forbes. This picture was painted by an Italian artist - Guilegaire, four years previous to Dr. Forbes' death which occured in 1804. He was born 1726 at Westboro - son of Jonathan Forbes.""
Location of origin
MA, USA
Associated Building
Original to Cogswell's Grant (Essex, Mass.).
Material
canvas
oil paint (paint)
Object type
Art
Places
Gloucester (Essex county, Massachusetts)
Massachusetts (United States)
Descriptive terms
canvas
Oil on Canvas
oil paint (paint)
paintings (visual works)
PICTURE, PORTRAIT
portraits
People and organizations
Forbes, Eli, 1726-1804
Dimensions
45.75 x 40.125 (HxW) (inches)
Accession Number
1991.686
Credit Line
Gift of Bertram K. and Nina Fletcher Little
GUSN
2558

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