Abigael Bromfield Rogers (Mrs. Daniel Denison Rogers) (1753-1791)
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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1977.179
People
John Singleton Copley, American (Boston, MA 1738 - 1815 London, England)
Title
Abigael Bromfield Rogers (Mrs. Daniel Denison Rogers) (1753-1791)
Classification
Paintings
Work Type
painting
Date
c. 1784
Places
Creation Place: North America, United States
Culture
American
Location
Level 2, Room 2220, European and American Art, 17th–19th century
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Physical Descriptions
Medium
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
127 x 101.6 cm (50 x 40 in.)
frame: 150.5 x 125.1 x 8.9 cm (59 1/4 x 49 1/4 x 3 1/2 in.)
Provenance
Abigail Bromfield Rogers; to her son Henry B. Rogers, Boston, MA; by descent through family to Mrs. W. C. Cabot; to Miss A. P. Rogers, 1915; to a relative, Henry B. Cabot, to his wife, Mrs. Henry B. Cabot, by 1938; to relatives Mr. and Mrs. Paul C. Cabot; their gift to the Fogg Art Museum, 1977.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Paul C. Cabot, Treasurer of Harvard University, 1948-1965 and Mrs. Cabot
Accession Year
1977
Object Number
1977.179
Division
European and American Art
Contact
am_europeanamerican@harvard.edu
Publication History

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. 73

Augustus Thorndyke Perkins, A Sketch of the Life and a List of Some of the Works of John Singleton Copley, J. R. Osgood & Company (Boston, MA, 1873), pp. 99-100

Samuel Green Wheeler Benjamin, Art in America: A Critical and Historical Sketch, Harper and Brothers Publishers (New York, NY, 1880), ill. frontispiece

Martha Babcock Amory, The Domestic and Artistic Life of John Singleton Copley, R.A., Houghton Mifflin Company (Boston, MA, 1882), p. 107

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), p. 209 (as Mrs. Abigail Rogers)

John Singleton Copley, exh. cat., Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Boston, MA, 1938), p. 27, cat. 66

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. 343, cat. 1826

Old and New England, exh. cat., Rhode Island School of Design (Providence, RI, 1945), p. 39, cat. 22, ill.

John Singleton Copley, exh. cat., National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C, 1965), p. 109, cat. 81, color pl. XV

Jules David Prown, John Singleton Copley, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, MA, 1966), vol. 2, pp. 296, 430, pl. 428

John Singleton Copley (1738-1815), Gilbert Stuart (1755-1828), Benjamin West (1738-1820) in America and England, exh. cat., Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Boston, MA, 1976), p. 29, cat. 18, ill. p. 7

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. 39

James Thomas Flexner, America's Old Masters, Doubleday & Co. (Garden City, NY, 1980), pp. 152-153, ill.

William J. Shank, "John Singleton Copley's Portraits: A Technical Study of Three Representative Examples", Journal of the American Institute for Conservation (Washington, D.C., 1984), vol. 23, pp. 130-152, pp. 134-135, ill.

Timothy Anglin Burgard, American Art at Harvard: Cultures and Contexts, brochure, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 1994), p. 11, cat. 51

Leslie Reinhardt, "John Singleton Copley in England", Archives of American Art Journal, Smithsonian Institution (Detroit, MI, 1994), vol. 34, no. 4, pp. 28-32, p. 29, ill. p. 30

Ellen G. Miles, American Paintings of the Eighteenth Century, exh. cat., National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C, 1995), p.226

William L. Pressly, "The Challenge of New Horizons", John Singleton Copley in England, ed. Emily Ballew Neff, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (Houston, TX, 1995), pp. 53-54, ill. p. 135

Emily Ballew Neff, ed., John Singleton Copley in England, exh. cat., The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (Houston, TX, 1995), pp. 134-135, cat. 16, ill.

Erica E. Hirshler, "Copley in Miniature", John Singleton Copley in America, ed. Carrie Rebora Barratt, The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY, 1995-1996), pp. 117-126, p. 124

Robin Jaffee Frank, Love and Loss: American Portrait and Mourning Miniatures, exh. cat., Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven, CT, 2000), pp. 134-136, 345, fig. 74.

Kimberly Orcutt, Process and Paradox: The Historical Pictures of John Singleton Copley, exh. cat., Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2004), pp. 3-4, ill., 12

John Updike, Still Looking: Essays on American Art, Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. (New York, 2005), ill. p. 21

Margaret A. Hogan, ed., The Adams Papers: Adams Family Correspondence, January 1786 - February 1787, Belknap Press of Harvard University Press (Cambridge, MA, 2005), p. 38, fig. 3

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. 151-152, cat. 94, ill.

Theodore Bolton and Henry Lorin Binsse, "John Singleton Copley", The Antiquarian (New York, NY, December 1930), pp. 116-118., p. 118

William J. Shank, "John Singleton Copley's Portraits: A Technical Study of Three Representative Examples" (thesis (certificate in conservation), Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies, July 1983), Unpublished, pp. 1-45 passim

Exhibition History

Unidentified Exhibition, Boston Athenaeum, 1828, Boston Athenaeum, Boston, 01/01/1828 - 12/31/1828

John Singleton Copley 1737-1815, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, 02/01/1938 - 03/15/1938

Old and New England, Rhode Island School of Design, Museum of Art, Providence, 01/19/1945 - 02/19/1945

John Singleton Copley, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, 01/22/1966 - 03/06/1966; National Gallery of Art, Washington, 09/18/1965 - 10/31/1965; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 11/20/1965 - 01/02/1966

Copley, Stuart and West in America and England, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, 10/17/1976 - 11/07/1976

American Art at Harvard: Cultures and Contexts, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 10/01/1994 - 12/30/1994

John Singleton Copley in England, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Houston, 02/04/1996 - 04/28/1996; National Gallery of Art, Washington, 10/11/1995 - 01/07/1996

Process and Paradox: The Historical Pictures of John Singleton Copley, Harvard University Art Museums, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 05/08/2004 - 08/29/2004

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