John Singleton Copley / Mrs. Anna Dummer Powell / 1764John Singleton Copley
Mrs. Anna Dummer Powell

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Creator Name: Copley, John Singleton
Creator Nationality: North American; American
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1738 - 1815
Gender: M
Creator Name-CRT: John Singleton Copley
Title: Mrs. Anna Dummer Powell
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1764
Creation End Date: 1764
Creation Date: 1764
Object Type: Paintings
Materials and Techniques: oil on canvas
Dimensions: Unframed: 126.6cm x 100.6cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1980.202
Credit Line: Gift of Ellery Sedgwick, Jr., in memory of Mabel Cabot Sedgwick
Provenance: J. Powell, Boston. Mrs. Thomas Perkins, Boston (1873), by descent to donor (Ellery Sedgwick, Jr.).
Context: Only months before Anna Dummer Powell (1684-1764) passed away, one of her sons commissioned this portrait to commemorate the 80-year old matriarch and to create an heirloom for future generations. Mrs. Powell was a daughter of Jeremiah Dummer, America's earliest silversmith of renown. Living her entire life in Boston, she married in 1714 and bore at least three children. In the hands of Copley, the city's premier portrait painter during the 1760s, her likeness presents a potent intelligence radiating from a shrunken, frail body. Such details as the thumb and glasses inserted into the book to mark her place inject a sense of transience to this enduring image. The painting had been passed down from the sitter through a continuous line of female descendents until shortly before it was given to the museum.The frame is original.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1980.202
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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