Mrs. Daniel Hubbard (Mary Greene)

Painted portrait of woman in green dress and cloud backdrop
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • Painted portrait of woman in green dress and cloud backdrop

Date:

c. 1764

Artist:

John Singleton Copley
American, 1738–1815

About this artwork

John Singleton Copley was largely self-taught, his only formal training from his stepfather Peter Pelham, an English artist who specialized in mezzotint engraving. He nonetheless garnered considerable success as a portrait painter before the Revolutionary War. The sitter here, Mary Greene Hubbard, was a member of Boston’s merchant class (Copley’s portrait of her husband is nearby). Her pose, gown, and background were precisely copied from a British engraving of a noblewoman, yet Copley distinguished the work as his own by capturing the figure’s individual features as well as the surfaces and colors of the luxurious fabrics. A decade later, he left colonial Massachusetts for England to further his career and simultaneously escape the strong political divides among family, friends, and patrons amid the impending Revolution.

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American Art, Gallery 167

Artist

John Singleton Copley

Title

Mrs. Daniel Hubbard (Mary Greene)

Origin

England

Date

1764

Medium

Oil on canvas

Dimensions

127.6 × 100.9 cm (50 1/4 × 39 3/4 in.)

Credit Line

Art Institute of Chicago Purchase Fund

Reference Number

1947.28

Extended information about this artwork

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