Mrs. Alexander Cumming, née Elizabeth Goldthwaite, later Mrs. John Bacon
John Singleton Copley
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.
Oil on canvas
29 13/16 x 24 11/16 in. (75.7 x 62.7 cm) (show scale)
Signed lower right (initials in monogram): "J S C p. Bost 1770"
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Gift of Walter H. Crittenden
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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
x-ray, detail, CONS.22.84_1939_xrs_detail01.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 1939
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