Governor John Wentworth (1737-1820)

John Singleton Copley, American, 1738 - 1815

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1769

Pastel on laid paper, mounted on canvas

Sheet: 23 9/16 x 17 11/16 in. (59.8 x 45 cm)

Frame: 26 7/16 x 20 11/16 in. (67.1 x 52.5 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College: Gift of Mrs. Esther Lowell Abbott in memory of her husband, Gordon Abbott

D.977.175

Geography/Culture

North America, United States

Period

1600-1800

Object Name

Drawing

Classification

Drawing

Not on view

Inscription

Signed and dated, center right: JSC [in monogram] p. [f.(?)] 1769

Course History

HIST 9.1, Empires and Colonies in North America, Paul Musselwhite, Fall 2014

Exhibition History

Reflections of the Original, Copies in the Dartmouth College Collection, Beaumont-May Gallery, Hopkins Center Art Galleries, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, May 24-July 4, 1978.

Portraits at Dartmouth, Jaffe-Friede Gallery, Hopkins Center Art Galleries, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, no. 27, March 10-April 16, 1978.

Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Paintings, Jaffe-Friede Gallery, Hopkins Center Art Galleries, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, September 17-November 6, 1982 (no cat.).

Marks of Distinction: Two Hundred Years of American Drawings and Watercolors from the Hood Museum of Art, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, March 29-May 29, 2005.

John Singleton Copley, 1738-1815: Loan Exhibition of Paintings, Pastels, Miniatures, and Drawings, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts, no. 83, February 1-March 15, 1938.

John Singleton Copley, 1738-1815, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, no. 35, September 18, 1965-March 6, 1966.

Israel Sack Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, October 20, 1998-August 27, 2000.

Israel Sack Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, June 1, 1993-March 10, 1996.

Israel Sack Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, February 4, 2014.

Israel Sack Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, December 7, 2010-October 17, 2011.

Harrington Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, 1985.

Hail, Holy Land: The Idea of America, Strauss and Barrows Galleries, Hopkins Center Art Galleries, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, no. I, June 27-September 7, 1980.

From Copley to Dove: American Drawings and Watercolors at Dartmouth, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, March 11-May 25, 1989 (no cat.).

American Works on Paper to 1950: Highlights from the Hood Museum of Art, Friends and Owen Robertson Cheatham Galleries, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, September 22-December 9, 2007.

Acquisitions 1974-1978, Jaffe-Friede, Srauss and Barrows Galleries, Hopkins Center Art Galleries, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, (no cat. no.), December 8, 1978-January 21, 1979.

Publication History

William Hosley, Time Lines: The twists and turns of New Hampshire furniture, Art & Antiques, Atlanta, Georgia: Trans World Publishing, October 1992, p. 55, ill. p. 54.

W. Jeffrey Bolster, Editor, Cross-Grained & Wily Waters, Portsmouth, New Hampshire: Peter E. Randall Publisher, 2002, 214 pp., B&W ill. p. 46.

Various Contributors, The State that Made us a Nation: New Hampshire's Celebration of the Bicenntennial of the Constitution, Publisher, Peter Randall for the Bicentennial Constitution, 1989.

Treasures of the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, New York: Hundson Hill Press, 1985, p. 105, no. 87.

Seacoast Life, Lloyd Marshall, Publisher, Janaury 31, 1986.

Michel de Grece, L'Art du Portrait, Paris, France: Le Chene, 1992, p. 113, ill. p. 112

Jules David Prown, John Singleton Copley in America, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1966, pp. 67, 116, 234, ill. 229.

James S. Aldrich, Foster's Daily Democrat, Dover, N.H.: George J. Foster Co., Inc., 1992

Jacquelynn Baas, From "a few curious Elephants Bones" to Picasso, Dartmouth Alumni Magazine, September, 1985, Hanover, New Hampshire: Dartmouth College, 1985, pp. 37-43, ill. p. 42

J. David Hoeveler, Creating the American Mind: Intellect and Politics in the Colonial Colleges, Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 2002, 381 pp., ill. p. 207.

Ellen Hovde, Muffie Meyer, produced and directed, in association with Middlemarch Films, Liberty![videorecording] : The American Revolution, Burbank, CA: PBS Home Video, c1997, 3 videocassettes (ca. 6 hrs.)

Dick Hoefnagel with the collaboration of Virginia L. Close, Eleazar Wheelock and the Adventurous Founding of Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire: Hanover Historical Society, The Durand Press, 2002, 143 pp., ill. p. 57.

Deborah Child, "A Portrait to be Treasured Once Again," Antiques & Fine Arts, Watertown: Pure Imaging, Inc., Spring 2012, Vol. XI, Issue 6, p. 181.

Carol Troyen, A Choice Gallery of Harvard Tories: John Singleton Copley's Portraits Memoralize a Vanquished Way of Life, Harvard Magazine, March-April, 1997, Cambridge: Harvard Magazine, Inc., 1997, pp. 56-60, ill. p. 56

Barbara N. Parker and Anne B. Wheeler, John Singleton Copley: American Portraits, Boston, Massachusetts: Museum of Fine Art, 1938, p. 29, no. 83.

Barbara J. MacAdam, Marks of Distinction: Two Hundred Years of American Drawings and Watercolors from the Hood Museum of Art, American Art Review, Vol. XVII No. 2, April 2005, pp. 86-93, ill p. 86

Barbara J. MacAdam, Marks of Distinction, Two Hundred Years of American Drawings and Watercolors from the Hood Museum of Art, Manchester, Vermont: Hudson Hills Press, 2005, pp. 16, 18-19, 27, 39, 50, 250, ill. p. 2 (frontispiece), 19, fig. 15, 51, no. 1.

Barbara J. MacAdam, American Art at Dartmouth: Highlights from the Hood Muesum of Art, Hanover: Trustees of Dartmouth College, 2007, ill. frontispiece and p. 131, no. 103.

Barbara J. MacAdam, "American Paintings in the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College", Antiques Magazine, November, 1985, p. 1021.

Arthur R. Blumenthal, Portraits at Dartmouth, Hanover, New Hampshire: Trustees of Dartmouth Collection, 1978, p. 36, no. 27.

Arthur R. Blumenthal and Members of the Museum Studies Seminar, Art 84, Reflections of the Original: Copies in the Dartmouth College Collection, Hanover N.H.: Trustees of Dartmouth College, 1978, pp. 53-56, ill.

Annual Report 2005-6, Hanover, New Hampshire: Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover: Trustees of Dartmouth College, 2006, ill. p.48.

American Paintings, Drawings & Sculpture Including Property from the New York Public Library Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations, New York, Wednesday, November 30, 2005, New York, Sotheby's, Inc: 2005, ill. p. 26 (image used as comparative illustration).

Alan Emmet, So Fine a Prospect: Historic New England Gardens, Hanover and London: University Press of New England, 1996, ill. p. 18

"America'

Provenance

Governor John Wentworth, the sitter, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, November 1769; to Paul Wentworth, cousin of the sitter, London, January 1770; to Mary Wentworth Nelson, a cousin of the sitter; to Dr. James Lloyd (1728–1810) (her husband's nephew); possibly with John Borland, Boston, 1873 (per Perkins, 1873); Gordon Abbott (1904–1973), Manchester, Massachusetts, a direct descendant of Lloyd; to Esther Lowell Abbott (1906–1986), his widow; given to the present collection, in memory of her husband, Gordon Abbott, 1977.

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