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Portrait of Richard Codman (1762-1806)

1969.779 (RS2419)

Description

Half length portrait of Richard Codman seated in a chair and holding a letter. Wearing a black coat, white cravat and cuffs, gray wig. Red curtain depicted in corner; Ornate gold frame.

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This portrait of the "founder" of the Codman collection was painted in London in 1793 for the sitter's sister, Parnell, by the well-known colonial artist John Singleton Copley. It was given to Ogden Codman, Jr. by his uncle, who was also named Richard Codman. Ogden, Jr. was particularly pleased to have the portrait, not only because of Richard Codman's connection with the painting collection, but also because he shared his great-uncle's love of fine living and of France.
In 1794, John Codman paid John Singleton Copley £94.10, an enormous expense, for a copy of a painting of his father and for making this portrait of his brother, Richard. The Codmans were well-connected merchants and wealthy investors. Richard Codman, who preferred a luxurious life in Europe to his home in Boston, Massachusetts, was the family reprobate, described by later generations as “fond of society, careless in money matters, but with nice taste in pictures and statuary. This painting still hangs at the Codman Estate in Lincoln, Massachusetts.
Maker
Copley, John Singleton (American painter, 1738-1815) (Artist)
Date
1794
Location of origin
Boston, MA, USA, SUFFOLK
Associated Building
Original to Codman House (Lincoln, Mass.).
Material
canvas
oil paint (paint)
Object type
Art
Places
Massachusetts (United States)
Descriptive terms
canvas
oil paint (paint)
paintings (visual works)
Picture
Portrait
portraits
Associated events
Elegant Embellishments (1982)
People and organizations
Codman, Richard, 1762-1806
Dimensions
44 3/8 x 36 1/4 x 3 3/8 (HxWxD) (inches)
Accession Number
1969.779
Credit Line
Bequest of Dorothy S.F.M. Codman
GUSN
69494

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