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William Brattle (1706-1776)

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American (Boston, MA 1738 - 1815 London, England)
William Brattle (1706-1776), 1756
Painting
American
,
18th century
Creation Place: United States
Oil on canvas
128 x 102.5 cm (50 3/8 x 40 3/8 in.)
framed: 143.5 x 118.4 x 7.3 cm (56 1/2 x 46 5/8 x 2 7/8 in.)
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Partial Gift of Mrs. Thomas Brattle Gannett and Partial Purchase through the generosity of Robert T. Gannett, an Anonymous Donor and the Alpheus Hyatt Purchasing Fund
, 1978.606
Department of American Paintings, Sculpture & Decorative Arts
,
Marks
signed: l.l: John: S: Copley. Pinx /1756
exhibition label: verso of frame: TL22134.38, cat. 62, Thomas B. Gannett
exhibition label: verso: MFA E no. 332, Special Loan Exhibition of the Works of John Singleton Copley [then owned by Mrs. Paul M. Hamlen, 704 Brush Hill Rd, Milton MA]
exhibition label: verso of frame: Boston Athenaeum [then owned by Wm. Appleton, 462 Beacon Street, Value $500]
inscription: on stretcher, in graphite: Mitton {?]
label: verso of frame: Exhibition label(?): MFA no. 372.07
Provenance
Probably to Katherine Brattle Wendell, sitter’s daughter; Mrs. Williams, a descendant, by 1867; purchased by grandfather of William S. Appleton from the Brattle family, by 1873; by descent to William S. Appleton; Estate of Marjorie C. Appleton, by 1915; Thomas Appleton; his sale to Thomas Brattle Gannett, 1925; Mrs. Paul M. Hamlen, his wife; to their son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Brattle Gannett, by 1955.
Bibliography
E. D. Harris, An Account of Some of the Descendants of Captain Thomas Brattle, (Boston, MA, 1867), p. 35

Henry T. Tuckerman, Book of the Artists: American Artist Life, Comprising Biographical and Critical Sketches of American Artists, Preceded by an Historical Account of the Rise and Progress of Art in America, Putnam (New York, NY, 1867), p. 72

Augustus Thorndyke Perkins, A Sketch of the Life and a List of Some of the Works of John Singleton Copley, J. R. Osgood & and Company (Boston, MA, 1873), pp. 13-14, 39

Frank William Bayley, A Sketch of the Life and a List of Some of the Works of John Singleton Copley, The Garden Press, W. B. Libby (Boston, MA, 1910), p. 15

Frank William Bayley, The Life and Works of John Singleton Copley: Founded on the Work of Augustus Thorndike Perkins, The Taylor Press (Boston, MA, 1915), pp. 65-66

Loan Exhibition of One Hundred Colonial Portraits, exh. cat., Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Boston, MA, 1930), ill. p. 15

Clifford K. Shipton, Biographical Sketches of Those Who Attended Harvard College, Vol. 7, 1722-1755, Massachusetts Historical Society (Cambridge, MA, 1933), p. 23, ill. p. 11

Alan Burroughs, Limners and Likenesses: Three Centuries of American Painting, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, MA, 1936), p. 66, fig. 48

John Singleton Copley, exh. cat., Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Boston, MA, 1938), p. 20, cat. 13

Barbara N. Parker and Anne Bolling Wheeler, John Singleton Copley: American Portraits in Oil, Pastel and Miniature, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Boston, MA, 1938), pp. 47-48, pl. 10

Historical Records Survey, Division of Professional and Service Projects, Works Progress Administration, American Portraits, 1620-1825, found in Massachusetts, Volumes 1 and 2, Historical Records Survey (Boston, MA, 1939), p. 50, cat. 263

Alan Burroughs, "Young Copley", Art In America (October 1943), vol. 31, p. 164

James Thomas Flexner, John Singleton Copley, Houghton Mifflin Company (Boston, 1948), pp. 26, 127-128, pl. 7

Jules David Prown, John Singleton Copley, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, MA, 1966), vol. 1, pp. 21, 23, 25, 27, 104, 210, fig. 36

Linda Ayres, Harvard Divided, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1976), p. 115-116, cat. 62, ill.

Robert F. Perkins, Jr. and William J. Gavin, III, Boston Athenaeum Art Exhibition Index, 1827-1874, The Library of the Boston Athenaeum (Boston, MA, 1980), p. 41

Carrie Rebora and Paul J. Staiti, John Singleton Copley in America, exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY, 1995), pp. 180-181

Paul J. Staiti, "Character and Class", John Singleton Copley in America, ed. Carrie Rebora Barratt, The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, 1995-1996), p. 56, fig. 41

Theodore E. Stebbins, Jr. and Melissa Renn, American Paintings at Harvard, Volume One: Paintings, Watercolors, and Pastels by Artists Born before 1826, Yale University Press and Harvard Art Museums (Cambridge and New Haven, 2014), pp. 125-126, cat. 77, ill.

Exhibition History
Loan Exhibition of One Hundred Colonial Portraits: Massachusetts Bay Colony Tercentenary, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, 06/19/1930 - 09/21/1930
John Singleton Copley 1737-1815, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, 02/01/1938 - 03/15/1938
Harvard Divided, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 06/03/1976 - 10/10/1976, 62
Unidentified Exhibition, Boston Athenaeum, 1871, Boston Athenaeum, Boston, 01/01/1871 - 12/31/1871, 147
Unidentified Exhibition, Boston Athenaeum, 1871 (2), Boston Athenaeum, Boston, 01/01/1871 - 12/31/1871, 235
Unidentified Exhibition, Boston Athenaeum, 1871-1872, Boston Athenaeum, Boston, 01/01/1871 - 12/31/1872, 227
Unidentified Exhibition, Boston Athenaeum, 1872, Boston Athenaeum, Boston, 01/01/1872 - 12/31/1872, 179