Ralph Inman

Artist

John Singleton Copley (1738–1815)

Date

1770

Medium

Pastel

Dimensions

24 x 18 in. (61 x 45.7 cm)

Description
Ralph Inman (1713–1788) was born in Yorkshire, England, and came of America in about 1740. He established a large estate at what became Cambridgeport in Massachusetts, a fact remembered in the naming of nearby Inman Street and Inman Square. Inman was a successful merchant and remained a Loyalist during the American Revolution, part of which he spent in England.
Credit Line

Gift of Miss Emily B. Warren, 1957

Object Number

UR283

Ann Dumaresq (Mrs. William Turner)

Artist

John Singleton Copley (1738–1815)

Date

1767

Medium

Pastel on paper

Dimensions

23 1/4 x 17 1/2 in. (59.1 x 44.5 cm)

Description

In 1767, the year this portrait was painted, Ann Dumaresq (1746–1824) married William Turner, a much admired dancing master known in Boston for his charm and skills at organizing concerts and other musical events. The Turners eventually had seven children. After the sobering experience of the Revolution, William Turner gave up dancing to become a successful wine merchant.

Copley began painting in pastel in about 1758. The medium was very much in vogue in Europe at the time, made popular by artists such as the Swiss painter Jean-Etienne Liotard, with whom Copley corresponded about the technique.

Inscription

Inscribed on lower left: “JSC 1767”

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Howland S. Warren, Mrs. Nelson W. Aldrich, Howard M. Turner, Jr., and Mrs. Richard M. Jackson, 1987

Object Number

UR226