John Smibert / Francis Brinley / 1729John Smibert
Francis Brinley

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Creator Name: Smibert, John
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: Scottish, 1688-1751
Creator Name-CRT: John Smibert
Title: Francis Brinley
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Creation Start Date: 1729
Creation End Date: 1729
Creation Date: 1729
Object Type: Paintings
Materials and Techniques: oil on canvas
Dimensions: 50 x 39 1/4 in. (127 x 99.7 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 62.79.1
Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1962

Francis Brinley (1690-1765) was born in England but moved to Newport, Rhode Island in 1710 at the request of his grandfather. He eventually settled in Boston, where he married Deborah Lyde, granddaughter of Nathaniel Byfield (24.109.87). In 1719, he inherited a substantial tract of land in Roxbury upon which he built the elaborate Datchet House residence. Smibert painted this portrait in Boston in May of 1729. The background, an early instance of landscape in American painting, represents a view of Boston from Brinley's country home. Smibert also painted a portrait of Brinley's wife (62.79.2).

AMICA ID: MMA_.62.79.1
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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