John Singleton Copley / Hugh Hall / 1758John Singleton Copley
Hugh Hall

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Creator Name: Copley, John Singleton
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1738-1815
Creator Name-CRT: John Singleton Copley
Title: Hugh Hall
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Creation Start Date: 1758
Creation End Date: 1758
Creation Date: 1758
Object Type: Drawings and Watercolors
Classification Term: Work on Paper: Pastel
Materials and Techniques: Pastel on paper, mounted on canvas
Dimensions: 15 1/2 x 13 in. (39.4 x 33 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 1996.279
Credit Line: Purchase, Estate of George Strichman and Sandra Strichman Gifts; Bequest of Vera Ruth Miller, in memory of her father, Henry Miller,Bequest of Josephine N. Hopper, John Stewart Kennedy Fund, and Gifts of Yvonne Mo├źn Cumerford, Berry B. Tracy, and Mr. and Mrs. Jeremiah Milbank, by exchange; Mr. and Mrs. Leonard L. Milberg Gift, and funds from various donors, 1996

The subject of this powerful study is Hugh Hall, a distiller, son of the governor of Barbados, and a Boston merchant of great affluence. The portrait reveals the young Copley's earliest attempt to master the difficult medium of pastel crayons. This is not an effortless performance. The picture bears the scars of his struggle to bend an obdurate medium to his will, but what the picture lacks in elegance it more than makes up in forcefulness. This portrait of Hugh Hall is probably Copley's first pastel.

AMICA ID: MMA_.1996.279
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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