Alexander Pope

about 1736
Jonathan Richardson (English, 1667–1745)


Dimensions

76.5 x 63.2 cm (30 1/8 x 24 7/8 in.) Framed: H. 43 in.; W. 38 in.

Accession Number

24.19

Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas

On View

Alan and Simone Hartman Galleries (Gallery 241)

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Paintings

Poet Alexander Pope was an important voice in early 18th-century England, known for his satirical and critical verse. Published in 1711, his An Essay on Criticism spawned the famous line: “To err is human, to forgive divine.”

Provenance

By 1807, Francis Rawdon-Hastings (b. 1754 - d. 1826), 1st Marquess of Hastings, Donington Park, Leicestershire, England [see note 1]; until 1869, passed by descent within the family at Donington Park; February 25, 1869, Marquis of Hastings sale, Phillips, London, lot 84, sold for £47.50 to Henry Graves, London; 1869, sold by Graves to James T. Fields (b. 1817 - d. 1881), Boston [see note 2]; to his widow, Annie Adams Fields (b. 1834 - d. 1915), Boston; 1915, to the estate of Mrs. Fields [see note 3]; 1924, gift of Dr. Zabdiel B. Adams, residuary legatee under the will of Mrs. Fields, to the MFA. (Accession Date: February 7, 1924)

NOTES:
[1] First recorded at Donington Park by John Britton, Beauties of England and Wales, vol. 9 (London, 1807), p. 400. [2] James T. Fields, Yesterdays with Authors (Boston, 1871), p. 4. According to Fields, the portrait had been "painted from life by Richardson for the Earl of Burlington." [3] First lent to the MFA by the estate of Annie Fields, February 5, 1915.

Credit Line

James T. Fields Collection