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Susannah or Mary Bontecou

Artist:
John Durand (active 1765–82)
Date:
ca. 1768–70
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
35 1/2 x 27 5/8 in. (90.2 x 70.2 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Gift of Edgar William and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch, 1962
Accession Number:
62.256.6
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 717
Durand wished to paint historical subjects but settled for portraits, advertising that “his humble attempts, in which his best Endeavours will not be wanting, will meet with Acceptance, and give satisfaction.” This portrait most likely portrays Susannah, the wife of Peter Bontecou, who was also painted by Durand. It may, though, be a portrait of his sister, Mary.
the sitter, New Haven, Connecticut; her niece, Grace Bontecou (Mrs. Elisha Peck), New Haven, by 1885; her daughter, Mrs. William Whittemore Low, New Haven, Connecticut; her granddaughter, Charlotte Low Lage, Madison, Connecticut, by 1952; Edgar William and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch, Cambridge, Maryland, 1960–1962
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