Object photography

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On View Barbara Weld Putnam Gallery.GALD.WALL

Object description

  • John Singleton Copley (American, 1738-1815)
  • Portait of Sarah Erving Waldo, 1764-1765
  • Oil on canvas
  • Boston, Massachusetts, United States
  • image H: 59 in, image W: 48 in (image H: 149.9 cm, image W: 121.9 cm)
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Edward Cotting, 1976
  • M16521


This is a portrait of Sarah Erving Waldo. She is depicted 3/4 length, seated at a mahogany tea table with a round top and turned pedestal. She wears a white silk satin dress with blue satin shawl. The dress has fancy sleeves with white "Van dyking" painted tabs with pearls and lace undersleeves. The subject also wears a white lace collar around her neck and a hair ornament. She holds a cherry branch. There is a red curtain and a landscape with trees in the background.

Exhibition History

  • American Decorative Arts exhibition, Peabody Essex Museum; June 03, 2003 through Present
  • Painted with Thread: The Art of American Embroidery, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA.; April 13, 2001 through September 30, 2001
  • Odyssey: A Journey into World Art, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA.; October 16, 1999 through January 11, 2001