- Identification and Creation
- Object Number
John Singleton Copley, American (Boston, MA 1738 - 1815 London, England)
- William Ponsonby, 2nd Earl of Bessborough (1704-1793)
- Work Type
- Physical Descriptions
- Oil on canvas
- 59.1 x 48.9 cm (23 1/4 x 19 1/4 in.)
- Inscriptions and Marks
- Signed: l.r.: J. S. Copley RA/ 1790
- inscription: on verso: Earl of Bessborough
- Claude A. C. Ponsonby, presumably by descent; sold at Christie's sale of Ponsonby Heirlooms to Sabin, March 28, 1908; purchased through Martin Birnbaum by Grenville L. Winthrop, November 1941; his bequest to the Fogg Art Museum, 1943.
- Acquisition and Rights
- Credit Line
- Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop
- Accession Year
- Object Number
- European and American Art
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- Publication History
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), p. 128
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. 199
Jules David Prown, John Singleton Copley, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, MA, 1966), vol. 2, pp. 286n, 298, 342, 352, 412-413, pl. 590
Dorothy W. Gillerman, Gridley McKim-Smith, and Joan R. Mertens, Grenville L. Winthrop: Retrospective for a Collector, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1969), p. 238
Emily Ballew Neff, "The History Theater: Production and Spectatorship in Copley's 'The Death of Major Pierson'", exh. cat., ed. Emily Ballew Neff, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (London, England and Houston, TX, 1995), p. 70, fig. 48
Emily Ballew Neff, "John Singleton Copley: The Artist as 'Realist' and London Impresario" (1997), University of Texas at Austin, pp. 107, 273, ill.
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), p. 160, cat. 101, ill.
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