Edwin Walter Dickinson (American, 1891-1978) Copy of a Portrait of William Greenleaf, Revolutionary Sheriff of Boston
Edwin Walter Dickinson (American, 1891-1978)
Copy of a Portrait of William Greenleaf, Revolutionary Sheriff of Boston. Signed, dated, and inscribed "E. W. Dickinson/1956/Copy/from a portrait" l.l., inscribed and signed on the stretcher "Copy of a Portrait of/Wm. Greenleaf, Revolutionary Sheriff of Boston/by E.W. Dickinson/1956..." l.l. Oil on canvas, 50 x 40 in., framed. Condition: Abrasions with paint loss, stretcher bar marks, canvas deformation in corners.
N.B. The Hon. William Greenleaf (1725-1803) was Sheriff of Suffolk County from1775 to 1780. The Dickinson copy is based on a portrait of Greenleaf painted by Joseph Blackburn in 1757, now in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
There are multiple inscriptions on the stretcher, including one that describes the proper way to light the painting. Another inscription reads "50 sittings/ NYC and Wellfleet/for Margaret Hutchins"
The Dickinson copy seems to be based upon the following original that was on loan to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and listed in the Catalogue of Paintings, Edition 5, 1920: B56-52 WILLIAM GREENLEAF. (1725-1803; youngest son of Rev. Daniel Greenleaf [see portrait by Copley]; Sheriff of Suffolk County, 1775 to 1780.) Life-size, standing figure, seen to the knees; his right elbow rests on a table and the extended hand holds a letter addressed to Mr. William Greenleaf Mercht. Boston. He wears a white wig, ruffled white shirt, robin's egg blue waistcoat and fawn colored coat and knee breeches; a draped dark green curtain forms the background."