This painting was most likely executed as a wedding portrait to commemorate the marriage of Hannah Loring to the prosperous merchant Joshua Winslow. Miss Loring, a member of a wealthy Boston family, and her husband were loyal to the British king. (They were among the group whose tea ended up in Boston Harbor.) By 1775 she was widowed and was forced to flee Boston with her family when the British withdrew from the city. Unable to return, her property having been confiscated, she spent the remainder of her life in Canada, where she was forced to live under greatly reduced circumstances.
Artist John Singleton Copley, American, 1738-1815
Title
  • Hannah Loring
Date 1763
Medium oil on canvas
Dimensions Unframed: 49 3/4 × 39 1/4 inches (126.4 × 99.7 cm)
Framed: 58 1/4 × 49 1/4 × 4 inches (148 × 125.1 × 10.2 cm)
Credit Line Gift of Mrs. Edsel B. Ford in memory of Robert H. Tannahill
Accession Number 70.900
Department American Art before 1950
On View American W270, Level 2 (see map)
Signed Signed and dated, left center: J.S. Copley Pinx 1763
Inscriptions Inscribed, left center: J.S. Copley Pinx 1763
1763-1785, Hannah Loring;
her daughter, Hannah Winslow de Paiba;
her daughter, Mrs. L. G. M. Temple (Toronto, Ontario, Canada);
L. G. M. Temple (Toronto, Ontario, Canada).
1893, William Caleb Loring (Boston, Massachusetts, USA).
1938, his nephew, Augustus P. Loring (Boston, Massachusetts, USA).
by 1966, William Caleb Loring (Prides Crossing, Massachusetts, USA).
1970, Kennedy Galleries (New York, New York, USA).
1970-present, gift to the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
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