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Hannah Loring, 1763

  • John Singleton Copley, American, 1738-1815

Oil on canvas

  • Unframed: 49 3/4 × 39 1/4 inches (126.4 × 99.7 cm)
  • 58 1/4 × 49 1/4 × 4 inches (148 × 125.1 × 10.2 cm)

Gift of Mrs. Edsel B. Ford in memory of Robert H. Tannahill


On View

  • American W270


American Art before 1950

This painting was most likely executed as a wedding portrait to commemorate the marriage of Hannah Loring to the prosperous merchant Joshua Winslow. Miss Loring, a member of a wealthy Boston family, and her husband were loyal to the British king. (They were among the group whose tea ended up in Boston Harbor.) By 1775 she was widowed and was forced to flee Boston with her family when the British withdrew from the city. Unable to return, her property having been confiscated, she spent the remainder of her life in Canada, where she was forced to live under greatly reduced circumstances.

Signed and dated, left center: J.S. Copley Pinx 1763

Inscribed, left center: J.S. Copley Pinx 1763

1763-1785, Hannah Loring

her daughter, Hannah Winslow de Paiba

her daughter, Mrs. L. G. M. Temple (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)

L. G. M. Temple (Toronto, Ontario, Canada). 1893, William Caleb Loring (Boston, Massachusetts, USA). 1938, his nephew, Augustus P. Loring (Boston, Massachusetts, USA). by 1966, William Caleb Loring (Prides Crossing, Massachusetts, USA). 1970, Kennedy Galleries (New York, New York, USA). 1970-present, gift to the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)

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John Singleton Copley, Hannah Loring, 1763, oil on canvas. Detroit Institute of Arts, Gift of Mrs. Edsel B. Ford in memory of Robert H. Tannahill, 70.900.