Joseph Blackburn - A Lady of the Russell Family, 1754-1764

Joseph Blackburn (England, about 1730 - about 1778, London)

A Lady of the Russell Family, 1754-1764

Oil on canvas, 123 x 93 cm (48 7/16 x 36 5/8 in.) canvas

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Accession number

P17w31

Provenance

Bequeathed by Judge Chambers Russell (1713-1766), Lincoln (as a portrait of his grandmother, Rebecca Patefield Chambers, 1657-1735) to his brother James Russell (1715-1798), Lincoln, 1766 (?).
Bequeathed by James Russell to one of his two daughters, Mary Russell (1753-1806) or Sarah Russell (1750-1819) on 1 May 1804 (?). Mary bequeathed her estate to Sarah on 26 August 1806.
Presumably bequeathed by Sarah Russell to Samuel Pickering Gardner (1767-1843), Boston, a relative through his wife Rebecca Russell Lowell Gardner (1779-1853) and one of the executors named in her will, on 10 November 1819.
Passed by descent (as a portrait of Rebecca Chambers Russell, 1691-1729, by John Smibert, 1684-1751) to Isabella Stewart Gardner's husband, John L. Gardner, Jr. (1837-1898), 1884.

Bibliography

Lawrence Park. Joseph Blackburn: A Colonial Portrait Painter with a Descriptive List of his Works (Worcester, Massachusetts, 1923), p. 54, no. 76. (entitled "Unknown Woman"; as by Joseph Blackburn, about 1755)
Philip Hendy. Catalogue of Exhibited Paintings and Drawings (Boston, 1931), pp. 342-44, ill. (the sitter as Rebecca Chambers Russell; as by John Smibert, 1729)
Gilbert Wendel Longstreet and Morris Carter. General Catalogue (Boston, 1935), p. 134. (entitled "Portrait of a Lady"; as by John Smibert, 1754-1764)
Margaret M. Martin. "On the Codman House." The Fence Observer (18 July 1968), ill. (the sitter as possibly Margaret Chambers; as by Joseph Blackburn)
Philip Hendy. European and American Paintings in the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (Boston, 1974), pp. 27-29, ill. (entitled "A Lady of the Russel Family (?)"; as by Joseph Blackburn)
Margaret M. Martin. "Letters from the Past: The Woman Behind the Man." Concord Journal (22 August 1985), p. 4, ill. (the sitter as believed to be Mary Russel; as by Joseph Blackburn)
Margaret M. Martin. The Chambers-Russell-Codman House and Family in Lincoln, Massachusetts (Lincoln, Massachusetts, 1996), np, ill. (the sitter as Rebecca Patefield Chambers; as by Joseph Blackburn)


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