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12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Bowdoin College Museum of Art
9400 College Station
Brunswick, Maine 04011
United States

Gallery Talk: John Singleton Copley’s Portrait of Elizabeth Bowdoin: Art, Englightenment, and Patronage in New England

In 1767 James Bowdoin III’s older sister Elizabeth sat for John Singleton Copley, one of the most prominent artists in the American colonies. Copley created a pastel drawing that eloquently testifies to his artistic ambition, the era’s emphasis on close observation, and the appreciation of visual art among the affluent in early America. Joachim Homann, curator, and Laura Fecych Sprague, consulting curator of decorative arts, lead a discussion of the Copley drawing that is on view in the Bowdoin Gallery at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

Presented by the Bowdoin College Museum of Art. Free and open to the public.

Illustration: Lady Temple (Elizabeth Bowdoin), (detail), 1767, pastel, by John Singleton Copley. Private collection.

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