Susannah or Mary Bontecou

John Durand American

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.

Susannah or Mary Bontecou, John Durand (active 1765–82), Oil on canvas, American

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