Mrs. Isaac Royall (Elizabeth Mackintosh) (Primary Title)

John Singleton Copley, American, 1737 - 1815 (Artist)

ca.1767-69; reworked ca. 1777-78
oil on canvas
United States,Massachusetts,Boston,,England,London,
Unframed: 50 × 40 in. (127 × 101.6 cm)
Framed: 58 × 47 1/2 in. (147.32 × 120.65 cm)
This portrait of Elizabeth Mackintosh Royall by America’s foremost colonial portraitist, John Singleton Copley, highlights the importance of “likeness” to early Americans. First completed as a pair with her husband’s portrait (Mr. Isaac Royall, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston), it was repainted after the sitter’s death and her widower’s move to England. In this second rendering, the white ruffles and jewelry were painted over. At the same time, Mrs. Royall’s hairstyle was elevated and her costume changed.
Handling Blocks are in the PR/Holding Room 12/15/2016
Gift of Mrs. Adolph D. Williams
Walker Gallery, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME, December 1939- 19 June 1940.

L.D.M. Sweat Memorial Art Museum, Portland, ME, January - May 1938.
Image released via Creative Commons CC-BY-NC

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