Artist John Singleton Copley, American, 1738-1815
Title
  • Jonathan Mountfort
Date ca. 1753
Medium oil on canvas
Dimensions Unframed: 29 1/4 × 24 1/2 inches (74.3 × 62.2 cm)
Framed: 37 1/2 × 32 5/8 × 2 5/16 inches (95.3 × 82.9 × 5.9 cm)
Credit Line Founders Society Purchase, Gibbs-Williams Fund
Accession Number 58.360
Department American Art before 1950
On View American W272, Level 2 (see map)
Signed Signed and dated, lower right: John S. Copley | pinx 1753 (?) or 1755
Inscriptions Inscribed, lower right: John S. Copley | pinx 1753 (?) or 1755
ca. 1753-1785, Jonathan Mountfort (Boston, Massachusetts, USA);
his daughter, Mrs. Thomas Pitts [Elizabeth Mountfort] (possibly Boston, Massachusetts, USA);
by 1883, her daughter, Sarah Pitts Farlin (Detroit, Michigan, USA);
by 1938, her great nephew, S. Lendall Pitts (Detroit, Michigan, USA);
Mrs. S. Lendall Pitts (Norfolk, Virginia, USA).
1958-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
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