Sarah Hutchinson Oliver (1744–1780) Artist: Unknown

after 1776

American Paintings and Sculpture

Not on view

This portrait of Sarah Hutchinson is part of a pair with her husband, Peter Oliver (1955.5.3), painted the same year the loyalist couple fled Boston and emigrated to England. Oliver, the nephew of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Oliver, was a doctor who practiced in Middleborough, Massachusetts. He and Sarah, the daughter of Massachusetts governor Thomas Hutchinson and the sister of Oliver’s Harvard roommate, fell in love in a courtship that lasted four and a half years. They were married in 1770. In 1775, the Oliver and Hutchinson families were caught in political turmoil. The young couple was driven by a mob of American patriots from their country home into Boston. Dr. Oliver and his wife left for England in 1776.


Watercolor on ivory


1 9/16 × 1 5/16 in. (4 × 3.3 cm)

Credit Line

Mabel Brady Garvan Fund

Accession Number



18th century


Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of records is ongoing.

  • Barbara Broome Semans, The Lloyd Family of New England and New York, and Related Families of Woolsey, Sylvester and Brinley, and Nelson and Temple 17th to 19th Centuries (United States: Xlibris, 2018), 487, ill.
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lockets, miniatures (paintings), portraits

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