John Singleton Copley / Mrs. John Greene / 1769John Singleton Copley
Mrs. John Greene

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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. John Greene
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1769
Creation End Date: 1769
Creation Date: 1769
Object Type: Paintings
Materials and Techniques: oil on canvas
Dimensions: Unframed: 125.7cm x 101cm
Inscriptions: Signed lower right: "JSCp. 1769 [JSC in monogram]"
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1915.527
Credit Line: Gift of the John Huntington Art and Polytechnic Trust
Provenance: Family of the sitter, by descent to John Ward (New York sale 1914); (Vose Gallery, Boston; the first painting bought by the Museum, 1915).
Context: The Boston painter Copley's virtuosity at rendering luxurious textiles was precisely the kind of talent that appealed to his patrons. In 1769 the prosperous merchant John Greene commissioned a portrait of himself and this portrait of his wife, Catharine(1735-1785), after thirteen years of marriage. Shown at the age of 34, Mrs. Greene wears a fanciful costume inspired by ancient styles, strikes a pose derived from an English engraving, and pretends to lean against a rock that looks as insubstantial as a theatrical prop. In contrast to the contemporary dress and pursuit of business affairs shown in her husband's portrait, this likeness places Mrs. Greene in an ideal realm far removed from mundane matters.The frame is original.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1915.527
AMICA Library Year: 1999
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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