Gilbert Stuart (Massachusetts/Rhode Island, 1755-1828)
Portrait of Mr. Moses Brown of Beverly, Massachusetts, c. 1816
Unsigned, identified on labels affixed to the reverse and in documentation accompanying the work,the painting a contemporary replica by the artist of a painting now at the Historical Society of Beverly, Massachusetts.
Oil on panel, 32 x 25 3/4 in., in a molded giltwood and gesso frame.
Condition: Minor retouch.
Provenance: To the subject's younger son George Brown; to his wife Mrs. George Brown; to their daughter, Mary Ellen Brown; to her niece Mrs. John W. Hitchings, about 1885; sold to Mr. Frank Bulkeley Smith of Worcester, Massachusetts, 1913; H.L. Pratt, c. 1920; Kennedy Galleries, Inc., New York; H.N. Garfinkle, Miami, Florida; Kennedy Galleries, Inc.; to a private Texas collection, 1976.
Literature: Park, Lawrence, Gilbert Stuart/An Illustrated Descriptive List of His Works, New York, 1926, Volume I, p. 182, number 119; American Portraits 1620-1825 Found in Massachusetts, Historical Records Survey, Works Progress Administration, Volume I, Boston, May 1939, p. 58, number 307; Mount, Charles Merrill, Gilbert Stuart: A Biography, New York, 1964, p. 365.
Exhibitions: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, March 1887; Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, Massachusetts, 1914; Colonial Exhibition, 150th Celebration, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, 1914.
Note: "Moses Brown was a son of Isaac and Mary (Balch) Brown of Waltham, Massachusetts. He was graduated from Harvard College in 1768, served in the Revolutionary War from 1775 to 1777, and was at the Battle of Trenton. After the war, he was in business in Beverly, Massachusetts, in partnership with his brother-in-law, Israel Thorndike... He was a benefactor of the Andover Theological School" (Park, p. 181).
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