John Singleton Copley, 1738-1815
Mrs. Thomas Gage, 1771
Oil on canvas, 127 x 101.6 cm (50 x 40 in.)
In 1771, Copley left his native Boston for a six-month stay in New York, where he accepted numerous portrait commissions. His first subject was Margaret Kemble Gage, the American-born wife of General Thomas Gage, commander-in-chief of the British forces in North America, who had sat for a portrait by the artist in 1768.