PORTRAIT OF JOHN HANCOCK, PRESIDENT OF THE CONTINENTAL CONGRESS, FIRST SIGNER OF THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE AND GOVERNOR OF MASSACHUSETTS, AFTER THE ORIGINAL BY JOHN SINGLETON COPLEY.Est. $30,000-$50,000
Sold: $16,800 ($14,000)
Oil on canvas, 30 ¼ x 25 inches. In an elaborate mid-nineteenth century gilt frame with oval surround.
Provenance: Descended in the Hancock family to the present owner.
Literature: For a discussion of Copley’s portraits of Hancock and an illustration of the version at the Massachusetts Historical Society, see Carrie Rebora and Paul Staiti, "John Singleton Copley in America," pp. 211-14, no 23. A second rendering by Copley of this portrait was sold at Sotheby’s New York, May 24, 2006, lot00 14.