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(without typos) from the publisher. 1902. Not illustrated. Excerpt:
... Wainwright of Boston. One of the portraits, whose destruction
is related, represented Mrs. Mayhew, " wife of Dr. Mayhew" and "
mother of Mr. Wainwright." It was a beautiful portrait; the lady
held a basket of roses, which she was apparently to offer to the
spectator. This explanation does not clearly state whether there
were two Peter Wainwrights, father and son, or whether the writer
confused the parentage of Mr. and Mrs. Wainwright. A letter
published in Vol. 17 of the Mass. Hist. Soc. Coll., on pages 233-4,
throws some light on the fate of this portrait, and perhaps
accounts for others which are missing. It was written by Miss E. S.
Quincy, and is as follows: Quincy, Jan. 20, 1879. Dr. S. A. Green:
--Dear Sir, --I enclose an account of Mr. William Clark, a
prominent merchant in the early days of Boston. It was sent to me
by the heirs of the late Peter Wainwright, Esq., to send to Mr. A.
T. Perkins who had inquired concerning the portraits formerly in
Mr. Wainwright's possession, which were unhappily burned in
1872--not in the great fire but in one which occurred the night
afterward. All these portraits, Smiberts, Copleys and one by
Emmons, were under the care of an artist in Washington St. who had
varnished and put them in order and who had earnestly requested Mr.
Wainwright to send for them and relieve him of the responsibility.
But this was not done and the fire came and destroyed them. Mr.
Wainwright was in great distress at their loss and, I believe,
never recovered from the grief his neglect of the request of the
artist gave him. His children had taken so little interest in these
pictures that they could not give Mr. Perkins or myself a list of
the persons represented in eight or nine portraits, but they sent
me this account of Mr. Clark whose portrait by ...
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