Artist probably after John Singleton Copley, American, 1738-1815
  • Samuel Pitts
Date early 19th century
Medium Oil on panel
Dimensions Unframed: 23 1/2 × 19 1/2 inches (59.7 × 49.5 cm)
Framed: 30 5/8 × 26 1/4 × 3 1/2 inches (77.8 × 66.7 × 8.9 cm)
Credit Line Founders Society Purchase, Gibbs-Williams Fund
Accession Number 58.358
Department American Art before 1950
Not On View
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)
Goodwin, D. Life and Services of James Pitts and his Sons. Chicago, 1881, pp. 3, 15-20, 34-35.

Detroit Museum of Art. 1883, p. 73, no. 779. [entered as James Pitts as by an unknown artist]

Goodwin, D. Provincial Pictures. Chicago, 1886, pp. 34-35, 39 (ill.).

Paintings by Early American Artists. Exh. cat., Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, 1915, no. 8.

Pilgrim Tercentenary Exhibition. Exh. cat., Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, 1921, no. 9.

Bayley, F. W. Five Colonial Artists of New England. Boston, 1929, p. 255.

Eleventh Loan Exhibition: American Colonial and Early Federal Art. Exh. cat., Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, 1930, no. 74.

Parker, Barbara N. and A.B. Wheeler. John Singleton Copley: American Portraits in Oil, Pastel , and Miniature, with Biographical Sketches. Boston, 1938, p. 227. [as a pastel]

Payne, Elizabeth . Eight Generations of the Pitts Family. Detroit, 1959, pp. 32-33.

Payne, Elizabeth. “Pitts Family Portraits of the 18th Century.” Antiques (January 1960): pp. 87-89.

Prown, Jules D. John Singleton Copley. Cambridge, MA, 1966, p. 241.

Shaw, Nancy Rivard, et al. American Paintings in the Detroit Institute of Arts, Volume I. New York, 1991, pp. 283-284 (ill.).