Moses Gill

Artist: John Singleton Copley (American, Boston, Massachusetts 1738–1815 London)

Date: ca. 1759

Geography: Made in United States

Medium: Oil and gold leaf on copper

Dimensions: 1 5/8 × 1 1/8 in. (4.1 × 2.9 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Purchase, Martha J. Fleischman Gift, in memory of her father, Lawrence A. Fleischman, 2006

Accession Number: 2006.1


Moses Gill (1733-1800), a Boston hardware merchant (later governor of Massachusetts), probably commissioned this portrait of himself as a wedding gift for his wife, Sarah Prince. In 1764, Gill went to Copley again for oil portraits of himself and Sarah (both Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence).