CopleyPastel7:30 pm (Berwick Academy)
In this lecture, art historian Deborah M. Child will retrace the journey of this dazzling circa 1770 pastel from the auction house salesroom of Sotheby's in New York back to California and finally to the Boston studio of John Singleton Copley.

Deborah M. Child’s expertise in genealogy has proved critical for authenticating and attributing New England portraits and establishing provenance. You will follow the journey of this beauty from the 2003 auction of the collection of San Francisco antique dealers Ted and Toine Samuel, held at Sotheby’s in New York, to a mansion home in Portsmouth NH and finally to the studio of John Singleton Copley (1738-1815) in Boston.

Sponsored by the Old Berwick Historical Society, the program will be held on Thursday, February 23, starting at 7:30 pm at Berwick Academy's Jeppesen Science Center on Academy Street, and the public is invited. Refreshments will be served by volunteers.

Deborah is an author, lecturer and independent curator. A graduate of Queen’s University, Canada with a master’s degree in art history, she is the author of The Sketchbooks of John Samuel Blunt published by the Portsmouth Athenaeum in 2007 and a regular contributor to the magazine Antiques and Fine Arts. Her most recent essays include ”Edwin Plummer and his Portrait Likenesses,” “Thank Goodness for Granny Notes: Rufus Porter and His New England Sitters” and “Samuel Jordan: Artist, Thief, Villain.”

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