Lyrida Lynde, 1762-1764 John Singleton Copley (1738-1815)
The gaze of the self-assured Lydia Lynde conveys decisiveness, yet it is likely that the artist chose his signature motifs to embellish her attire: pearls, scalloped sleeves, flowers, and translucent scarves. The oval format was a common choice for marriage portraits. Miss Lynde did not, however, marry Reverend William Walter until 1766. Research suggests the artist gave the portrait to her father, a judge who had ruled in his favor in a property dispute.