In Pursuit of a Vision > Case 2 > Bentley > John Winthrop


The Details:

Samuel McIntire. John Winthrop. Carved and painted pine, 1798. [catalog record]

Bequest of William Bentley, 1819.

The Story:

This bust of John Winthrop was commissioned in 1798 by Bentley for his cabinet of portraits. Bentley also owned a painted miniature of Winthrop, which he loaned to Salem artist and architect Samuel McIntire to use as a reference for the carving. Although not happy with the likeness, Bentley paid McIntire $8.00 for the work.

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