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Henry Pelham

Birthdate: (58)
Birthplace: Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States
Death: circa 1806 (49-65)
Immediate Family:

Son of Peter Pelham and Mary Sarah Copley
Half brother of Peter Pelham, Jr.; Charles Pelham and John Singleton Copley

Occupation: artist
Managed by: Ned Reynolds
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About Henry Pelham

Henry Pelham (February 14, 1748/49 – 1806), American painter, engraver, and cartographer, was born in Boston, where his father, Peter Pelham, limner, engraver, and schoolmaster, had married Mary (Singleton) Copley, widow of Richard Copley and mother of John Singleton Copley. His father died in 1751. A small tobacco shop run by his mother provided support for the family until Copley brought prosperity to them all through his portrait painting. Their home was in Lindall Street, at the present-day intersection of Exchange Place and Congress Street. From there Henry attended the Boston Latin School. He is assumed to have studied drawing and painting with his half-brother. It was a likeness of Henry Pelham, then aged fifteen or sixteen, that featured in The Boy with the Squirrel, a painting that was exhibited in London in 1766 and brought Copley his first fame abroad.

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Henry Pelham's Timeline

February 14, 1748
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States
Age 57