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FRANCIS MALBONE AND HIS BROTHER SAUNDERS

Oil on canvas, c. 1774
36 x 44 in. (91.4 x 111.7 cm)
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; gift of Francis Malbone Blodget Jr. and gift of a Friend of the Department of American Decorative Arts and Sculpture and Emily L. Ainsley Fund


Stuart's portrayal of Francis Malbone Jr. (1759–1809) and his brother Saunders (1764–1836), sons of a prominent Newport distiller and trader, is a veritable collage of passages from portraits by John Singleton Copley. Stuart appropriated Copley's vocabulary of props and gestures—note the glossy hardwood tabletop and the eerie shadowing around their fingers—and mimicked his tendency to balance plasticity of form with severe outline.


GALLERY:  1. Stuart in Newport & Scotland  |  2. Stuart in London  |  3. Stuart in Dublin  |  4. Stuart in New York
5. Stuart in Philadelphia  |  6. George Washington Gallery  |  7. Stuart in Washington, D.C.   |  8. Stuart in Boston

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