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Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas. Photography by Amon Carter Museum of American Art.

Daniel Rogers

Artist: John Singleton Copley (1738 - 1815)
Date: 1767
50 x 40 1/2 in. (127 x 102.9 cm)
Framed: 57 in. × 47 3/8 in. × 2 1/2 in.
Medium: Oil on canvas
Credit Line: Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas, 2010.75
Signed: l.r., in black paint: JSC 1767.
Not on View
Accession Number: 2010.75
ProvenanceMorrill Wyman [1812-1903], Cambridge, MA, by 1873; by descent in the family until 1917; given to Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, 1917; to (Kennedy Galleries, New York, NY), 1980; purchased by Alex and Marie Manoogian Foundation, Taylor, MI, ca. 1980; purchased by Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR, 2004
Label TextDaniel Rogers was a prominent businessman from Gloucester, Massachusetts. As a colonial merchant, Rogers strained under the aggressive British tax increases and trade laws. Copley sympathized with merchants like Rogers and the plight of the colonies under British rule. Copley associated with the Sons of Liberty and Colonial-Era patriots such as John Hancock, Samuel Adams, and Paul Revere.

However, Copley’s father-in-law, Richard Clarke, was a British loyalist and wealthy agent of the East India Company (whose tea was thrown into the Boston Harbor during the Boston Tea Party). In 1774, Copley moved his family to London, both to evade growing tensions in advance of the Revolution, and to expand his artistic career. Copley remained in London for the rest of his life.