This watercolor and gouache on paper was done by American artist Charles Copeland (1858-1945). Copeland was born in Thomaston, Maine and studied at the Lowell Institute and apprenticed with designer Abner Crossman. Copeland's work appeared in Harper's and Trent's edition of Robinson Crusoe. He maintained a studio in Boston and later in Newton Centre. He exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Society of American Artists and Boston Art Club where he was a charter member and President for many years. This watercolor depicts the historical meeting of John Hancock receiving General Gage in Boston in 1774. It was painted for the John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Co in Boston, MA. Watercolor and gouache on paper, signed and dated 91(1891) lower right center, matted and framed under glass in black wooden frame with gold inset. Dimensions: 12 ½” h x 22 ⅕” w, sight; 21” h x 30 ½” w, framed.
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