Date: ca. 1765

Geography: Made in Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Culture: American

Medium: White pine, gilded

Dimensions: 29 1/2 x 24 1/2 x 2 3/4 in. (74.9 x 62.2 x 7 cm)

Classification: Frames

Credit Line: Charles B. Curtis Fund, 1908

Accession Number: 08.1a


Among the masterpieces of the New England Rococo are the carved and gilded picture frames that John Singleton Copley favored for his portraits in oil or pastel. This frame, the original housing for a pastel portrait of Mrs. Mary (Storer) Green (08.1b), is a fine example. It is one of a handful of frames on portraits dating between 1764 and 1767 that appear to be the work of the same anonymous craftsman. Many of the other frames on Copley's works are now attributed to John Welch, at the time Boston's leading woodcarver.