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PRIVATE COLLECTIONS OF TWO NEW JERSEY FAMILIES

Samuel Adams Dorr (1774-1844)
AN ELEGY: UPON THE DEATH OF MASTER JOHN GEORGE WASHINGTON HANCOCK
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PRIVATE COLLECTIONS OF TWO NEW JERSEY FAMILIES

Samuel Adams Dorr (1774-1844)
AN ELEGY: UPON THE DEATH OF MASTER JOHN GEORGE WASHINGTON HANCOCK
Estimate
10,00015,000
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Samuel Adams Dorr (1774-1844)
AN ELEGY: UPON THE DEATH OF MASTER JOHN GEORGE WASHINGTON HANCOCK
This watercolor elegy is inscribed Master John George Washington Hancock, the only child of the Hon. John Hancock Esq. who departed this life Jan. 27 in the 9 year of his age. Samuel Adams Dorr from the South School Pleasant Street, Boston. 
Watercolor and ink on paper
14 by 17 1/2 in.
1787
Boston, Massachusetts
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Provenance

Israel Sack, Inc., New York.

Exhibited

New York City, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, American Art: From American Collections, March 6 – April 28, 1963;
Traveling Exhibition, Small Folk: A Celebration of Childhood in America, New York, Museum of American Folk Art, New York Historical Society; St. Louis, Missouri, First Street Forum; Tokyo, Japan, The Ginza Gallery; Osaka, Japan, The Hankyu Gallery, December 11, 1980 - July 1981, no. 87.

Literature

James Biddle, American Art: From American Collections, (New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1963), p. 112, no. 247;
Sandra Brandt and Elissa Cushman, Small Folk: A Celebration of Childhood in America, (New York, E.P. Dutton: 1980), p. 59, no. 87.

Catalogue Note

The only son of the then Governor of Massachusetts and signer of the Declaration of Independence died accidentally.  After pleading for a pair of skates in a shopwindow, young George insisted upon trying them out on the icy sidewalk.  The boy struck out and fell, causing his untimely death (see Sandra Brandt and Elissa Cushman, Small Folk: A Celebration of Childhood in America, (New York, E.P. Dutton: 1980), p. 59).

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