A Portrait of Morgan Graves in a Blue Jacket

Joseph Blackburn (American, ca. 1730–1778; Active Boston: 1755–1758; London: 1763–1778)
A Portrait of Morgan Graves in a Blue Jacket, 1778

Oil on canvas
36 7/16 x 28 3/16 in. (92.6 x 71.6 cm)
Gift of Leland G. Howard, 87.21


1778–after 1945, Collection of the Graves family, St. Alban’s, Hertfordshire, UK

unknown date, Leland G. Howard purchased or received painting from Mary Graves Hamilton (who acquired the painting through family inheritance)

?–1987, Collection of Leland G. Howard, Rockville, Indiana

1987, Gift to the IU Art Museum from Leland G. Howard


March 29–May 14, 2000, “About Face: Two Thousand Years of Portraiture at Indiana University,” IU Art Museum, Bloomington, Indiana


The Nazi-era provenance of this work is fully documented and unproblematic.