About This Artwork

Joseph Blackburn
American, born England, active 1752 - c.1778

Abigail Chesebrough (Mrs. Alexander Grant), 1754

Oil on canvas
127.6 x 101.5 cm (50 x 40 in.)
Signed on bottom of window at right: "I Blackburn Pinxt 1754"

Bequest of Miss Amelia Peabody, 1984.725

Exhibition, Publication and Ownership Histories

Publication History

Bolton and Binsse, Antiquarian (Nov. 1930), p. 50, ff.

Morgan and Foote, “Descriptive List of the Work of Joseph Blackburn,” American Antiquarian Society 110 (1937), pp 30-31.

Judith A. Barter et al., American Arts at The Art Institute of Chicago: From Colonial Times to World War I (Art Institute of Chicago, 1998), pp. 71-75, no. 17.

Ownership History

David Chesebrough, Newport, Rhode Island, and Stonington, Conn., from 1754; by descent to Abigail Chesebrough, Newport, Rhode Island, from 1782 to 1807; by descent to Deacon David Chesebrough Smith, Stonington, Conn., from 1808 to 1833; by descent to Betsey Smith Williams, Stonington, Conn., from 1833 to 1860; by descent to Bessie S. Williams Sherman, Chicago, from 1860 to about 1912; Stonington Historical Society, Stonington, Conn., from 1916; Vose Galleries, Boston, 1977; Amelia Peabody, Boston, 1977; bequeathed to The Art Institute of Chicago, 1984.

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