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Mrs. Henry Hill (Anna Barrett)

A work made of pastel on paper mounted on linen.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of pastel on paper mounted on linen.

Date:

c. 1765/70

Artist:

John Singleton Copley
American, 1738–1815

About this artwork

In 2006 the Art Institute of Chicago was lucky enough to acquire John Singleton Copley’s pastel Henry Hill (2006.83), the companion to Mrs. Henry Hill (Anna Barrett) which has been in the collection since 1959. Both pastels retain their original Rococo-style frames. They may have been carved by the Boston cratsman John Welch, who created many of Copley’s Rococo frames, the type the artist used most frequently for his American portraits. The frame on Mrs. Henry Hill was gilded, as this was generally appropriate for the Rococo style; however, recent scholarship has revealed that a few Copley frames, like that of Henry Hill, were painted black. Thus, these portraits present two different ways that Copley’s frames might have been finished.

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Artist

John Singleton Copley

Title

Mrs. Henry Hill (Anna Barrett)

Origin

United States

Date

c. 1765–1770

Medium

Pastel on paper mounted on linen

Dimensions

58.4 × 43.2 cm (23 × 17 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Barrett Wendell Jr.

Reference Number

1959.511

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email . Information about image downloads and licensing is available here.

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