Samuel Cutts

Joseph Blackburn American

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 717

Blackburn, a British immigrant, worked in the Boston area for only nine years before returning to England. The companion portraits of Samuel Cutts (1726–1801), a prosperous merchant in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and Anna Holyoke (1735–1812; 1979.196.2) of Boston, executed around the time of their marriage, seem to have been among the last works he painted in this country. Cutts, his proudly substantial figure dominating the picture, turns to face the spectator. The harbor view through the window refers to his shipping business.

Samuel Cutts, Joseph Blackburn (active 1752–ca. 1778), Oil on canvas, American

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