Peter Bours (1726-1762)

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British (England c. 1730-c. 1778 London, England)
(1726 - 1762)
Peter Bours (1726-1762), 1756
18th century
Oil on canvas
135.7 x 110.2 cm (53 7/16 x 43 3/8 in.)
framed: 140.3 x 114.9 x 4.1 cm (55 1/4 x 45 1/4 x 1 5/8 in.)
Harvard University Portrait Collection, Gift of Miss Eunice Hooper to Harvard College, 1892
, H45
Harvard University Portrait Collection
signed: c.l.: J. Blackburn Pinxit 1756
Gift of Miss Eunice Hooper to Harvard College, 1892.
Wilkins Updike, History of the Episcopal Church in Narrangansett, H. M. Onderdonk (New York, NY, 1847), Vol. II., pp.v, 28, and ill. opp. p. 28

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William Garrott Brown, A List of Portraits in the Various Buildings of Harvard University, Harvard University Library (Cambridge, MA, 1898), p. 9

Lawrence Park, "Joseph Blackburn--Portrait Painter", The Proceedings of the American Antiquarian Society (October 1922), vol. 32, no. 2, pp. 270-329, pp. 288-289, no. 16

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Frank William Bayley, Five Colonial Artists of New England: Joseph Badger, Joseph Blackburn, John Singleton Copley, Robert Feke, John Smibert, Southworth Press (Boston, 1929), p. 75.

Theodore Bolton and Henry Lorin Binsse, "An American Artist of Formula: Joseph Blackburn. The Second in a Series Dealing with American Portrait Painters and Including a Catalogue of the Artist's Works", The Antiquarian (November 1930), vol. 15, no. 5, pp. 50-53, 88, 90-92

Laura M. Huntsinger, Harvard Portraits: A Catalogue of Portrait Paintings at Harvard University, ed. Alan Burroughs Harvard University Press (Cambridge, MA, 1936), pp. 22-23

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. 43, cat. 231

C. H. Collins Baker, "Notes on Joseph Blackburn and Nathaniel Dance", (1945), pp. 33-47, p. 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), p. 96, cat. 47, ill.

Exhibition History
The American Spirit in Portraiture, 1675 - 1900, Fogg Art Museum, 01/19/1951 - 02/24/1951, 7