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JOHN SINGLETON COPLEY (AMERICAN 1738-1815). PORTRAIT OF SAMUEL PHILLIPS SAVAGE, 1764. Oil on canvas, 49.5 ; x 39 inches. Signed J.S. Copley Pinx 1764 r.c., in its original frame.Samuel Phillips Savage (1718-1797) was born in Boston, the son of Arthur and Faith (Phillips) Savage. His governmental service commenced in 1743 when he served as a constable of Boston, a yea after his marriage to Sarah Tyler, daughter of William and Sarah (Royall) Tyler. In 1749 and again in 1751 Savage was chosen a clerk of the market; and in 1760 and 1761 a selectman of Boston. A year after the death of his wife in 1764, Savage moved to Weston, where he resided for the balance of his life. He moderated the meeting in Old South Church that resolved the fate of the tea in Boston Harbor. In 1775 and 1780 he was appointed judge of the Inferior Court for Middlesex County and from 1782 until his death served as judge of the Court of Common Pleas. Savage represented the town of Weston in the Provincial Congress of Deputies in 1774 and two yeras later was chosen president of the Board of War - in which capacity he served for the duration of the Revolution. Provenance: Samue Phillips Savage, the sitter; John Richard Savage, Philadelphia, great grandson of the sitter; John Richard Savage, Esq., New York; Mrs. John Richard Savage III; John Richard Savage IV, St. Paul, Minnesota; John D. Rockefeller III, New York; Kennedy Galleries, Inc., New York; Howard Garfinkle, Florida, 1972; Kennedy Galleries, Inc., New York 1974; Virginia Stelle Scott Foundation, Pasadena, California, 1976; Huntington Library, San Marino, California, 1992; Kennedy Galleries, Inc., New York.Exhibited: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1877; Colonial Portraits, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, November 6-December 31, 1911; The Virginia Stelle Scott Foundation Collection, Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, Loretto, Pennsylvania, October 9, 1976-January 9, 1977; Age of the Revolution and Early Republic in Fine and Decorative Arts: 1750-1824, Kennedy Galleries, Inc. and Israel Sack, Inc., New York, January 14-February 12, 1977, no.4. Literature: Major Thomas Savage of Boston and His Descendents by Lawrence Park (Boston: David Clapp and Son, 1914), reproduced opposite page 24; John Singleton Copley, American Portraits by Barbara Neville Parker and Anne Bolling Wheeler (Boston: Museum of Fine Arts, 1938), plate 46; catalogued on page 177; John Singleton Copley in America, 1738-1774 (Vol.1) by Jules David Prown (Washington D.C. and Cambridge: National Gallery of Art and Harvard University Press, 1966), plate 141; catalogued on page 228; mentioned on pages 40-41, 113, 118, 122, 124, 126-127, 186-187; Age of the Revolution and Early Republic in Fine and Decorative Arts: 1750-1824 (New York: Kennedy Galleries, Inc. and Israel Sack, Inc., 1977), plate 4; John Singleton Copley in America by Carrie Rebora and Paul Staiti, Erica E. Hirshler, Theodore E. Stebbins Jr., and Carol Troyen (New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc. and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1995), mentioned on page 145.
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