About this artwork
Between 1753 and 1774—when he departed the colonies for England because of the Loyalist sympathies of his wife’s family—John Singleton Copley painted 350 portraits, primarily of Bostonians. Copley received his only formal art training from his stepfather Peter Pelham, an English graphics artist who specialized in mezzotint engraving. Pelham encouraged the aspiring artist to produce his own mezzotints and to learn to draw by copying English prints. By the time Daniel Hubbard (1764) and Mrs. Daniel Hubbard (Mary Greene) (c. 1764) were produced, Copley had established a popular portrait style featuring individualized faces and luxurious fabrics. The poses of his figures derive from mezzotints of fashionable English portraits.
- John Singleton Copley
- Daniel Hubbard
- Oil on canvas
- Signed on base of column: "John S. Copley pinx. 1764"
- 127.2 × 100.8 cm (50 1/8 × 39 11/16 in.)
- Art Institute of Chicago Purchase Fund