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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Joseph Blackburn, British (England c. 1725 - 1787 Worcestershire, England)
Peter Bours (1726 - 1762)
Peter Bours (1726-1762)
Work Type
Physical Descriptions
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.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: c.l.: J. Blackburn Pinxit 1756
Gift of Miss Eunice Hooper to Harvard College, 1892.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard University Portrait Collection, Gift of Miss Eunice Hooper to Harvard College, 1892
Object Number
European and American Art
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Publication History

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

Samuel Roads, Jr., The History and Traditions of Marblehead (Boston, MA, 1880), p. 78

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

Lawrence Park, Joseph Blackburn, a colonial portrait painter with a descriptive list of his works (Worcester, MA, 1923), pp. 21-22, no. 16

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 (U.S.) 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

Related Works

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