The Gore Children
Winterthur Museum & Country Estate, Winterthur; Delaware.
Painted by John Singleton Copley (1738-1815),
Boston, Massachusetts; about 1755
Oil on Canvas
This Painting shows four of John and Frances Gore's Children. John, the eldest, is in the center of the painting and is dressed and posed like a gentleman. His sisters Frances and Sarah are on the left; their dresses and flowers are similar to those in portraits of women of the period. Samuel Gore, at the far right, wears the type of dress common to both young boys and girls. John Singleton Copley, one of the first distinguished American portrait painters, was a teenager when he painted this portrait. It was one of his first important commissions.