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Elizabeth Pitts, ca. 1764

  • John Singleton Copley, American, 1738-1815

Pastel on paper, mounted on wood panel

  • Unframed: 23 3/4 × 18 inches (60.3 × 45.7 cm)
  • 30 1/2 × 24 1/4 × 3 inches (77.5 × 61.6 × 7.6 cm)

Founders Society Purchase, Gibbs-Williams Fund

58.359

1958-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)

Goodwin, D. Life and Services of James Pitts and his Sons. Chicago, 1881, pp. 33. Detroit Art Loan Exhibition. Exh. cat., Detroit Museum of Art. Detroit, 1883, p. 19, no. 148. Pearce and Penhallow. The Penhallow Family. Boston, 1885, p. 22. Goodwin, D. The Dearborns. Chicago, 1886, p. 21. Goodwin, D. Provincial Pictures. Chicago, 1886, pp. 70-71. Paintings by Early American Artists. Exh. cat., Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, 1915, no. 9. Pilgrim Tercentenary Exhibition. Exh. cat., Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, 1921, no. 8. Bayley, F. W. Five Colonial Artists of New England. Boston, 1929, p. 253. Aubin, A. A. A Warner House Biography. Boston, 1935, p. 12. Parker, Barbara N. and A.B. Wheeler. John Singleton Copley: American Portraits in Oil, Pastel , and Miniature, with Biographical Sketches. Boston, 1938, p. 227-228. Payne, Elizabeth . Eight Generations of the Pitts Family. Detroit, 1959, pp. 30-31. Payne, Elizabeth. “Pitts Family Portraits of the 18th Century.” Antiques (January 1960): pp. 87-89. Prown, Jules D. John Singleton Copley. Cambridge, MA, 1966, p. 225 (pl. 131).

John Singleton Copley, Elizabeth Pitts, ca. 1764, pastel on paper, mounted on wood panel. Detroit Institute of Arts, Founders Society Purchase, Gibbs-Williams Fund, 58.359.