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Creator Name: Copley, John Singleton
Creator Nationality: North American; American
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1738 - 1815
Creator Name-CRT: John Singleton Copley
Title: Nathaniel Hurd
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1763
Creation End Date: 1767
Creation Date: c. 1765
Object Type: Paintings
Materials and Techniques: oil on canvas
Dimensions: Unframed: 76.2cm x 64.8cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1915.534
Credit Line: Gift of the John Huntington Art and Polytechnic Trust
Context: Nathaniel Hurd and John Singleton Copley were both Boston success stories during the Colonial period. Hurd was the son of a silversmith, but he established a reputation for his engravings (including the seals of Harvard and of several states); Copley, the adopted son of an engraver, became Boston's most important portrait painter.Here Copley shows Hurd in his study; the books of heraldry indicate the sources of Hurd's designs. Hurd is dressed in his stylish, but relaxed, best. Unlike that other Bostonsilversmith, Paul Revere, whom Copley painted in his shirtsleeves at work, Hurd saw himself as much a man of leisure as a craftsman.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1915.534
AMICA Library Year: 1998
Media Metadata Rights:
Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art
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