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    Sale 12307

    Old Master and British Paintings

    2 November 2016, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 92

    John Singleton Copley (Boston 1738-1815 London)

    Saint Peter

    Price Realised  


    John Singleton Copley (Boston 1738-1815 London)
    Saint Peter
    oil on canvas
    41 x 34 ¼ in. (104.1 x 87.1 cm.)

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    The attribution to Copley was confirmed by Professor Jules D. Prown in June 1980.

    This picture closely relates to the Saint Peter in Benjamin West's Saint Peter Denying Christ of c.1778-9. It also resembles the figure Samuel in Copley's painting Samuel and Eli of 1780 in Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Connecticut.

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    Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 21 September 1979, lot 56, as 'M. Brown' (285 gns.).

    Pre-Lot Text

    The Property of a Gentleman (Lots 70, 92, 125 & 130)


    H. von Erffa and A. Staley, The Paintings of Benjamin West, New Haven and London, 1986, p. 357, illustrated.