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[ This description is from the project: MHS 225th Anniversary ]
John Singleton Copley was Boston's preeminent portrait painter in the 18th century. He painted this portrait of John Hancock after the 1768 seizure of one of Hancock's ships, the Liberty, which transformed the wealthy Boston merchant into a patriotic victim of English oppression.