Mrs. Alexander Cumming, née Elizabeth Goldthwaite, later Mrs. John Bacon
The natural half-light and careful detailing in this very direct portrait of a young minister's wife demonstrate the achievement of the young John Singleton Copley, America's greatest colonial portraitist. In comparison to his early works, which were more deliberately prettified (in a European manner known as the Rococo), this portrait of Mrs. Cumming reveals Copley's growing passion for the accurate but artful description of light on forms and textures.
- Artist: John Singleton Copley, American, 1738-1815
- Medium: Oil on canvas
- Dates: 1770
- Dimensions: 29 13/16 x 24 11/16 in. (75.7 x 62.7 cm) (show scale)
- Signature: Signed lower right (initials in monogram): "J S C p. Bost 1770"
- Collections:American Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in American Identities: A New Look, American Landscape/Colony to Nation, 5th Floor
- Accession Number: 22.84
- Credit Line: Gift of Walter H. Crittenden
- Rights Statement: No known copyright restrictions
- Caption: John Singleton Copley (American, 1738-1815). Mrs. Alexander Cumming, née Elizabeth Goldthwaite, later Mrs. John Bacon, 1770. Oil on canvas, 29 13/16 x 24 11/16 in. (75.7 x 62.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Walter H. Crittenden, 22.84
- Record Completeness: Best (91%)