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  • 11/03/16--07:18: American Folk Art - part 6
  • Continuing a major series on American Folk Art featuring 21 postings. Folk Art encompasses art produced by artists and ordinary folk with little or no training in the arts, and is traditionally utilitarian and decorative rather than purely aesthetic. The period I’m covering is the C18th and C19th.
    See parts 1-5 also for earlier works.

    Note: Follow me on Twitter for notice of updates @poulwebb

    This is part 6 of a 21-part post on American Folk Art:

    Joshua Johnson (c1763 – c1824)


    Joshua Johnson was bi-racial American painter from the Baltimore area. Johnson, often viewed as the first person of colour to make a living as a painter in the United States is known for his portraits of prominent Maryland residents.


    It was not until 1939 that the identity of the painter of elite 19th-century Baltimoreans was discovered by art historian and genealogist J. Hall Pleasants, who believed that thirteen portraits were painted by one Joshua Johnson. Johnson’s race, life dates and even his last name (Johnson or Johnston) remained unknown up until the mid-1990s, when the Maryland Historical Society released newly found manuscripts regarding Johnson's life.


    Johnson received his freedom in 1782 and began advertising himself as a portrait painter and limner from 1796 on.


    1800-02c Letitia Grace McCurdy
    oil on canvas 104.1 x 87.6 cm
    de Young Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, CA

    1800c Family Group
    oil on canvas 88.5 x 136 cm
    National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

    1800c Mrs. John Moale (Ellin North) and Ellin North Moale
    oil on canvas 103.8 x 89.5 cm

    1800c Portrait of a Woman
    oil on canvas 85.1 x 74.9 cm
    de Young Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, CA

    1803-05 Mrs. Andrew Bedford Bankson and Son, Gunning Bedford Bankson
    oil on canvas 81.3 x 71.1 cm
    Art Institute of Chicago, IL

    1803-05c Portrait of Adelia Ellender
    oil on canvas 66.7 x 53.7 cm
    Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

    1804c Grace Allison McCurdy and Her Daughters, Mary Jane and Letitia Grace
    oil on canvas 110.8 x 98.7 cm
    Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

    1805-10c Portrait of a Gentleman

    1805-10c Portrait of of a Man (Abner Coker)
    oil on canvas 70.8 x 55.9 cm
    Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Maine

    1805c Edward and Sarah Rutter
    oil on canvas 91.4 x 81.3 cm
    Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City

    1805c Emma Van Name
    oil on canvas 73.7 x 58.4 cm
    Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City

    1805c Sarah Ogden Gustin
    oil on canvas 71.1 x 57.2 cm
    National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

    1807c The Westwood Children
    oil on canvas
    National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

    1808-09c Mrs. Abraham White, Jr. and Daughter Rose
    oil on canvas 76.2 x 64.8 cm
    Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA

    1808-10c Hilmer Schumacher
    oil on canvas 55.9 x 45.7 cm

    1809-10c Benjamin Franklin Yoe and Son
    oil on canvas 94 x 74.6 cm
    Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts, Salem, NC

    1810-15c Portrait of a Girl
    oil on canvas 61 x 50.1 cm

    1810c (attributed to) Portrait of a Man
    oil on canvas 66.4 x 56 cm
    Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

    1810c (attributed to) Portrait of a Woman
    oil on canvas 77.5 x 61 cm
    Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

    1810c Adelina Morton
    oil on canvas 61.5 x 51.4 cm
    National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

    1810c Girl Wearing a Bonnet
    oil on canvas 61.3 x 51.3 cm

    1810c Portrait of Edward Aisquith
    oil on canvas 57.2 x 46.7 cm
    Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA

    1810c Portrait of Elisha Stansbury
    oil on canvas 76.8 x 55.9 cm

    1810c Portrait of Mrs. Barbara Baker Murphy (Wife of Sea Captain)
    oil on canvas 55.3 x 44.8 cm
    Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

    1810c Portrait of Sea Captain John Murphy
    oil on canvas 54.6 x 44.5 cm
    Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

    1812-15c John Jacob Anderson and Sons, John and Edward
    oil on canvas 76.5 x 100.8 cm
    Brooklyn Museum, NY

    1820c Portrait of an African American Man
    oil on panel 48.3 x 34.9 cm
    Flint Institute of Arts, MI

    1825c Lady on a Red Sofa
    oil on canvas 76.8 x 64.8 cm
    Smithsonian National Museum. of African Art, Washington, DC

    n.d. (attributed to) Portrait of a Boy With Two Dogs
    oil on canvas 91.4 x 74.3 cm

    n.d. (attributed to) The Children of Clement Cox and Mary Ringgold Cox
    oil on canvas 73.7 x 61 cm

    n.d. Portrait of Louisa Boggs Emory
    oil on canvas 61.3 x 50.8 cm


    William Massey Stroud Doyle (1769-1828)


    William Doyle was a portrait painter and museum proprietor in Boston, Massachusetts. He oversaw the Columbian Museum on Tremont Street in the early 1800s.


    1800-20c Portrait of a Young Woman in a White Dress with Ruffled Collar
    pastel on paper 73.7 x 63.5 cm

    1810 Portrait of a Gentleman

    1810c (attributed to) Hollow Cut Silhouette of a Gentleman
    13.3 x 11.4 cm (frame)

    1816 (attributed to) Miniature Mourning Portrait of William Smith
    painted on ivory 9.5 x 5.7 cm

    n.d. William Porter Jr.
    Harvard Art Museums
    © President and Fellows of Harvard College

    Emily Eastman (1804 - )


    Emily Eastman apparently worked through the 1820s, based on the dress and hairstyles depicted in her watercolours. Beyond the fact that she was born in Loudon, New Hampshire, and married Dr. Daniel Baker in 1824, little more is known about her. She may be the Emily Eastman who was born to Ruth Carter and David Eastman and died in 1841.


    1820-30c Young Woman with Flowers in Her Hair
    Terra Foundation, Chicago, IL

    1820-40c Woman with Roses in Hair
    pen and ink and watercolour on paper 36.5 x 27.7 cm
    Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC

    1820c Young Lady in a Gold-Coloured Gown
    watercolour and pencil on paper 24.8 x 19 cm

    1825c (attributed to) Woman in Veil
    watercolour and ink on paper 36.8 x  27 cm
    American Folk Art Museum, New York City

    n.d (attributed to) Portrait of a Woman in a White Gown
    watercolour and ink on paper 35.6 x 26.7 cm

    n.d. Lady's Coiffure with Flowers and Jewels
    watercolour on paper 43.2 x 34.1 cm
    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

    n.d. Lady's Coiffure with Spray of Wheat and Wild Flowers
    watercolour on paper 40.8 x 30.5 cm
    Museum of FIne Arts, Boston, MA

    n.d. Young Girl Bedecked with Flowers
    brush and grey wash on paper 45.6 x 35.2 cm
    Museum of FIne Arts, Boston, MA

    Memorials

    1802c Memorial by Elizabeth Dickinson of Amherst, MA
    silk, watercolour, metallic threads and velvet on silk 33 x 29.8 cm

    1802c Memorial by Sarah Wyman in memory of her sister Abigail
    silk, ink and watercolour on silk 44.5 x 38.1 cm

    1805c Memorial by Mary Ann Huntingdon aged 16 who died before completing this memorial
    silk, ink and watercolour on silk 52.1 x 44.4 cm

    1805c Memorial by Mary Lamson in Memory of Jervis Lamson aged 6 years and 5 months 1803
    silk, paint and ink on silk 48.3 x 37.5 cm

    1806c Memorial by Deborah Keith
    silk and watercolour on silk 41.9 x 47.6 cm in original frame

    1810c Memorial by Sophia Barney
    silk and watercolour on silk

    1810c Memorial worked at Abby Wright's School in South Hadley, MA
    silk and watercolour on silk 48.3 x 40.6 cm

    1811 Memorial to John Allen s
    ilk and watercolour on paper on silk 33 x 36.8 cm
    Huntingdon Library Art Collections

    1815c Memorial by Betsey Ward aged 14 Years
    silk, ink and paint on silk 65.4 x 55.9 cm

    1820c Memorial signed A.H.
    silk and paint on linen with gesso primer 45.1 x 34.9 cm

    1827c Memorial by Eliza Lenniman in memory of Mrs, Lucy Churchill
    watercolour on paper 27.5 x 31.7 cm

    Memorial by Phebe Kissam aged 16c
    silk and watercolour on silk 63.5 x 55 cm


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  • 11/07/16--06:56: American Folk Art - part 7
  • Continuing a major series on American Folk Art featuring 21 postings. Folk Art encompasses art produced by artists and ordinary folk with little or no training in the arts, and is traditionally utilitarian and decorative rather than purely aesthetic. The period I’m covering is the C18th and C19th.
    See parts 1-6 also for earlier works.

    Note: Follow me on Twitter for notice of updates @poulwebb

    This is part 7 of a 21-part post on American Folk Art:

    Quilts and textiles:

    During the C18th and C19th women of all social levels made quilts and coverlets. Primarily meant to be utilitarian, they were often designed to please the eye as well, and were sometimes imbued with significance far beyond being simple bed covers.

    They were often wedding gifts, or made by brides-to-be to take to their future marital home. They were also made to celebrate the birth of a child, and even sometimes in remembrance of the dead.


    1790-1810 Hewson-Centre Quilt with Multiple Borders
    cotton and possibly linen 217.2 x 193 cm
    American Folk Art Museum, New York City

    1803c Coverlet made for Phebe Warner (probably) by sarah Furman Warner Williams (b 1764)
    262.3  x 229.9 cm
    Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City

    1825-45 Appliquéd and Embroidered Pictorial Bedcover
    wool, silk, cotton, beads with silk and cotton embroidery 231.1 x 204.5 cm
    American Folk Art Museum, New York City

    1825-49 Block-Work Stencilled Spread
    paint on cotton 223.5 x 193.6 cm
    American Folk Art Museum, New York City

    1842 Quilt Top by "MTD"
    cotton 251.5 x 238.7 cm
    American Folk Art Museum, New York City

    1843 Album Quilt
    cotton and ink with cotton embroidery 236.8 x 241.9 cm
    American Folk Art Museum, New York City

    1845-50 Baltimore-Style Album Quilt Top
    cotton with wool embroidery 213.4 x 208.3 cm
    American Folk Art Museum, New York City

    Detail of the 1845-50 Baltimore-Style Album Quilt Top (above)

    Detail of the 1845-50 Baltimore-Style Album Quilt Top (above)

    1848 Quilt by Elsey A. Halstead (1830-1850), Middletown, New York
    Folk Art Museum, New York City

    1850-60  Feathered Stars Quilt by "ECB"
    cotton 242.6 x 194.3 cm
    American Folk Art Museum, New York City

    1850-1880 Soldier's Quilt: Square within a Square
    wool 217.2 x 167.6 cm
    Folk Art Museum, New York City

    1852 Dunn Album Quilt
    cotton and ink with cotton embroidery 254 x 252.1 cm
    American Folk Art Museum, New York City

    1854-1890 Soldier’s Quilt
    wool-melton 170.2 x 168.9 cm
    American Folk Art Museum, New York City

    1858-63 Bird of Paradise Quilt
    cotton, wool, and silk with ink and silk embroidery 214.6 x 176.8 cm
    Folk Art Museum, New York City

    1861 Cross River Album Quilt
    cotton and silk with wool embroidery 231.1 x 190.5 cm
    American Folk Art Museum, New York City

    1866 Abraham Lincoln Flag Quilt by Lucy Frost
    cotton with cotton appliqué and embroidery 154.9 x 190.5 cm
    American Folk Art Museum, New York City

    1870-80 Floral Medallion Quilt
    cotton 218.4 x 177.8 cm
    American Folk Art Museum, New York City

    1875-95 "Sacret Bibel" Quilt Top
    cotton, silk, wool, and ink, with cotton embroidery 224.8 x 182.9 cm
    American Folk Art Museum, New York City

    1876 Centennial Quilt
    cotton with cotton embroidery 209.6 x 189.3 cm
    American Folk Art Museum, New York City

    1880-1910 Circle in Star Quilt
    pierced cotton 198.1 x 193 cm
    American Folk Art Museum, New York City

    1884-90 Grover Cleveland Quilt
    cotton 217.2 x 217.2 cm
    American Folk Art Museum, New York City

    1885 Masonic Appliqué Quilt
    cotton
    Folk Art Museum, New York City

    1885-90 Cleveland-Hendricks Crazy Quilt
    lithographed silk ribbons, silk and wool with cotton fringe and silk and metallic embroidery 190.5 x 195.6 cm
    American Folk Art Museum, New York City

    1885-95 Crazy Quilt by "S.H.'"
    silk, ink, paint and cotton with silk embroidery 190.5 x 188 cm
    American Folk Art Museum, New York City

    1890-1910 Pine Tree Quilt
    pierced cotton 172.7 x 223.5 cm
    Private Collection

    1890-1910 Vortex Quilt
    pierced and appliquéd cotton 203.2 x 208.3 cm
    Folk Art Museum, New York City

     c1900s "Close Finish"
    hooked rug wool and burlap with cotton binding 82.5 x 116.8 cm
    American Folk Art Museum, New York City

    1907c Quilt by Carl Klewicke (1835-1913)
    silk, faille, taffeta and satin 183.1 x 152.4 cm
    Folk Art Museum, New York City


    Eunice Griswold Holcombe Pinney (1770-1849)


    Eunice Pinney is the earliest known American primitive watercolourist. She was born into a large, wealthy family in Simsbury, Connecticut. Painting fruit and flower still lifes, landscapes, and scenes from history was a popular pastime among refined ladies in nineteenth-century America.

    Self-educated before art instruction books became popular, Pinney was free to invent her own style. The variety of her subjects is unusual; she painted memorials and literary scenes, portraits and landscapes. English prints inspired some of her works, such as "The Cotters Saturday Night", which illustrates a poem by eighteenth-century Scottish poet Robert Burns. 

    1810 The Cotters Saturday Night
    pen and watercolour 30.7 x 37.8 cm
    National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

    "Lolotte et Werther" illustrates an episode in the life of the hero of Goethe's enormously popular romantic novel "The Sorrows of Young Werther" (1774).

    1810 Lolotte and Werther
    watercolour 37.7 x 29.2 cm
    National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

    Pinney seems to have started painting around 1809, when she was thirty-nine. Some scholars have noted that her maturity might have allowed her to be bold and confident in her work. Most of her paintings were done in Simsbury or Windsor, Connecticut, where she settled in 1797, marrying Butler Pinney after her first husband drowned. Of her fifty-four recorded works, the majority were painted between 1809 and 1826.


    1800-10 Three Women Standing by a Funerary Monument
    watercolour and graphite on paper 25.4 x 20.6 cm
    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

    1810 (attributed to) Untitled
    watercolour 22.2 x 20.9 cm

    1810 Two Women
    watercolour on paper 25.4 x 30.5 cm

    1813 "In Memory of Eunice Pinney"
    watercolour and pricking on paper 41.9 x 48.9 cm
    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

    1815c (attributed to) Lady Standing in a Landscape
    watercolour on paper 28.5 x 22.9 cm

    1815c Mother and Child
    pen and black ink and watercolour on wove paper 25.2 x 30.1 cm
    National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

    1820c Family Group at Piano
    watercolour on paper 35.5 x 41 cm
    Art Institute of Chicago, IL

    1845c Portrait of Two Girls
    watercolour and pen and ink on paper

    n.d. Children Playing
    watercolour 25.4 x 30.5 cm

    n.d. Collingwood and Northesk: The Ever to be Lamented Lord Nelson
    watercolour on paper 30.5 x 36.8 cm

    n.d. Family Register of Butler Pinney
    pen and watercolour on paper 38.9 x 26.7 cm
    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

    n.d. Hope, Faith, Peace and Charity: Family Register of the Butler Family
    watercolour 28.7 x 22.4 cm

    n.d. Mother and Daughter
    pen and brown ink and watercolour over graphite on laid paper 21.7 x 18.1 cm
    National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

    n.d. Shot by Cupid's Arrow
    watercolour

    n.d. Young Couple in a Landscape
    watercolour on paper 19.4 x 15.7 cm
    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA


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  • 11/09/16--06:33: American Folk Art - part 8
  • Continuing a major series on American Folk Art featuring 21 postings. Folk Art encompasses art produced by artists and ordinary folk with little or no training in the arts, and is traditionally utilitarian and decorative rather than purely aesthetic. The period I’m covering is the C18th and C19th.
    See parts 1-7 also for earlier works.

    Note: Follow me on Twitter for notice of updates @poulwebb

    This is part 8 of a 21-part post on American Folk Art:

    Jacob Maentel (1763-1863)

    Jacob Maentel emigrated from Germany to America in 1805 and made his living as a portrait painter, first in Maryland and then in Lebanon, York and Dauphin Counties in Pennsylvania. He painted more than two hundred portraits of friends and neighbours.



    early 1800s Elizabeth Ault
    watercolour, pen and ink on paper 24.1 x 19 cm

    early 1800s William Ault
    watercolour, pen and ink on paper 24.1 x 19 cm

    1810-15c (attributed to) Pair of Portraits
    watercolour and gouache on paper 18.4 x 15.5 cm

    1810-15c (attributed to) Pair of Portraits 
    watercolour and gouache on paper 18.4 x 15.5 cm

    1815-20 Father and Daughter of Elizabethtown, PA
    watercolour, gouache, ink and pencil on paper 27.3 x 21.6 cm

    1815-20 Mother and Daughters of Elizabethtown, PA
    watercolour, gouache, ink and pencil on paper 27.3 x 21.6 cm

    1815-25 Boy Holding a Rooster
    watercolour and ink on paper
    Winterthur Museum, New Castle County, Delaware

    1815-25 Caterina Bickel
    watercolour, gouache, ink and pencil on paper 48.3 x 30.5 cm

    1815-25 John Bickel
    watercolour, gouache, ink and pencil on paper 48.3 x 30.5 cm

    1820c Seated Man Holding a Book

    1815c Amelia and Eliza Danner by Jacob Maentel
    watercolour, gouache, ink and pencil on paper 26.7 x 21.2 cm
    American Folk Art Museum, New York City

    1815c Portrait of a Young Lady

    1820c Mr and Mrs William Kreps

    1820c Portrait of a Man Holding a Hat

    1821 Portrait of Catherine Carver Bishop of Dauphin Count, PA
    watercolour 27.9 x 22.2 cm

    1825-30c Dr. Christian Bucher
    watercolour, gouache, ink and pencil on paper 41.9 x 26.7 cm
    American Folk Art Museum, New York City

    1825-30c Mary Valentine Bucher
    watercolour, gouache, ink and pencil on paper 41.9 x 25.7 cm
    American Folk Art Museum, New York City

    1826 Portrait of a Child
    (born 13 October 1825)

    1826 Portrait of a Child
    (born 25 November 1823)

    1826 Portrait of a Girl Holding a Rose
    (born 22 May 1822)

    1827 Young Woman in Blue Dress (Grandmother Hartman)
    watercolour, gouache, ink and pencil on paper 24.1 x 15.2 cm

    1828c Maria Rex Zimmerman
    watercolour, gouache, ink and pencil on paper 43.2 x 26.7 cm
    American Folk Art Museum, New York City

    1830c Portrait of a Girl with a Rose

    1830c Portrait of a Young Lady

    1831 (attributed to) Portrait of Samuel Ensminger Jr. and Mrs Samuel Ensminger Jr. (Elizabeth Summy) and Child
    watercolour and ink on paper

    1834 Portrait of a Man with a Hat and Umbrella

    1835 John Martin Titzel

    1840c Elizabeth Wallborn
    (born 23 April 1833)

    1840c Portrait of a Man Holding a Hat

    1840c Portrait of a Man Holding a Hat

    1850c (attributed to) Red-Roofed Distillery and Out-buildings Nestled in Green Hills
    oil on canvas 81.3 x 139.7 cm

    n.d Double Portraits of a Young Man and Woman (see below) with their Children and Dog
    watercolour, gouache and pencil on paper 29.2 xx 22.9 cm 1

    n.d Double Portraits of a Young Man (see Above) and Woman with their Children and Dog 
    watercolour, gouache and pencil on paper 29.2 xx 22.9 cm 1

    n.d. Elisabeth Scoch of Berks County (born 1811)
    watercolour and ink on paper 25.4 x 21.6 cm

    n.d. Jacob Scoch of Berks County (born 1807)
    watercolour and ink on paper 25.4 x 21.6 cm

    n.d. Portrait of a Man at a Writing Desk
    watercolour

    n.d. John George Kitzmiller and his wife Anna Christina
    watercolour 41.3 x 45.7 cm

    n.d. Portrait of a Child with a Bird

    n.d. Portrait of a Lady Holding a Book

    n.d. Portrait of a Man Holding a Hat

    n.d. Portrait of a Man Holding a Book

    n.d. Portrait of a Woman Holding a Book

    n.d. Portrait of a Woman Holding a Rose

    n.d. Portrait of a Women in a Red Windsor Chair
    watercolour and ink on paper

    n.d. Portrait of a Young Woman
    watercolour

    n.d. Portrait of Hatter John Mays of Schaefferstown
    watercolour, gouache, ink and pencil on paper 15.5 x 12.5 cm


    1810 Zedekiah Belknap (1781 - 1858)

    Also Known as: Zedikiah Belknap, Zebakiah Belknap
    Born in Ward, Massachusetts 1781
    Died in Weathersfield, Vermont 1858


    1810 Child in White with Doll

    1813c Wedding Portrait of Nancy Hale
    oil on panel 68.6 x 53.3 cm

    1813c Wedding Portrait of Obed Hale
    oil on panel 68.6 x 53.3 cm

    1820c Girl with Doll
    oil on panel 60.3 x 43.8 cm

    1820s Portrait of a Boy with Toy Sword and Whistle
    oil on panel  57.8 x 45.7 cm

    1829c Dorman Thodore Warren Born 1827 Townsend, MA
    oil on panel 67.3 x 55.9 cm

    1830 Sarah Minot Melville
    oil on panel 45.7 x 61 cm
    Private Collection

    1835c Portrait of a Sister and Brother
    oil on canvas 68.6 x 87.6 cm

    1835c Seated Girl
    oil on canvas 47 x 62.5 cm
    Detroit Institute of Arts, MI

    1835c Portrait of the Farley Children of Groton
    oil on canvas
    Worcester Art Museum, MA

    n.d Portrait of Josiah Gilson Esq. aged 34 D. 1827
    oil on wood panel 68.6 x 54.6 cm

    n.d. Portrait of Mrs. Vashti Gilson aged 35 D. 1827
    oil on wood panel 68.6 x 54.6 cm

    n.d Young Woman with a Ruffled Collar

    n.d. ( attributed to Girl ) in a White Dress with Cat
    oil on canvas 67.3 x 62.2 cm
    Private Collection

    n.d. ( attributed to ) Portrait of a Young Girl
    oil on panel 66 x 55.9 cm

    n.d. Pair of Portraits of a Man and Woman ( see below )
    oil on wood panel 65.4 x 49.5 cm

    n.d. Pair of Portraits of a Man ( see above ) and Woman
    oil on wood panel 65.4 x 49.5 cm

    n.d. Portrait of a Man
    76.2 x 61 cm

    n.d. Portrait of a Woman
    66 x 50.8 cm

    n.d. Portrait of a Woman
    oil on canvas 68.3 x 55.6 cm
    Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

    n.d. Portrait of a Woman with a Yellow Shawl
    oil on canvas 78.7 x 64.8 cm

    n.d. Pair of Portraits of a Man and Wife ( see below )

    n.d. Pair of Portraits of a Man ( see above ) and Wife


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  • 11/11/16--05:53: American Folk Art - part 9
  • Continuing a major series on American Folk Art featuring 21 postings. Folk Art encompasses art produced by artists and ordinary folk with little or no training in the arts, and is traditionally utilitarian and decorative rather than purely aesthetic. The period I’m covering is the C18th and C19th.
    See parts 1-8 also for earlier works.

    Note: Follow me on Twitter for notice of updates @poulwebb

    This is part 9 of a 21-part post on American Folk Art:

    Ammi Phillips (1788-1865)


    In 1924 a summer fair in Kent, Connecticut, sparked the rediscovery of a major American artist when local residents put several nineteenth-century “ancestor portraits” on display. The strikingly similar canvases depicted graceful women with long slender necks leaning slightly forward within gleaming dark backgrounds and firm men in dark suits, often holding newspapers or books in their hands. The artist, who was then unidentified, was given the appellation “Kent Limner.” It was not until 1965 that Barbara and Larry Holdridge, with the support of Mary C. Black, convincingly demonstrated that the Kent Limner portraits were linked to several other disparate bodies of work and that all, in fact, were painted by a single artist - Ammi Phillips, at different points in his career. For more than fifty years, Phillips—whose biblical name fittingly means “my people” portrayed hundreds, perhaps thousands, of his friends, relatives, and neighbours in New York as far north as Ticonderoga in the Adirondacks, south to Bedford, in Westchester County, and throughout the border areas of Massachusetts, New York, Vermont, and Connecticut.


    Phillips was born in Colebrook, Connecticut, in 1788. He was already travelling as an artist by 1809, when he advertised from William Clarke’s tavern in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, that he would paint “correct likenesses.” This promise became a leitmotif of Phillips’s work over more than fifty years, from the early romantic portraits of Harriet Leavens and Harriet Campbell—who appear in the guise of fashion plates replete with Chinese silk parasols and reticules - to his last portraits of the 1860s.

    From 1829-1838, Phillips (1788-1865) changed his style to what is now known as his Kent style. Phillips' paintings from 1829-1838 are in a new style, infinitely more languid and more highly stylised than any of the likenesses of 1820 to 1828 or the romantic visions of his Border period" 
    (Barbara C. and Lawrence Holdridge, Ammi Phillips: Portrait Painter 1788-1865, 1968).


    This is part 1 of 3-part post on the works of Ammi Phillips:

    1811c Portrait of a Gentleman
    oil on canvas 60.3 x 75.6 cm

    1812-13 Portrait of Ashbel Stoddard
    87.6 x 76.2 cm

    1812-13 Portrait of Patricia Bolles Stoddard
     72.4 x 61 cm

    1814c Girl with Cat
    63.5 x 76.2 cm
    Amon Carter Museum of Art, Fort Worth, Texas

    1814c Henrietta Dorr
    oil on canvas
    Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, NJ

    1815 Mr.Wilbur Sherman
    oil on canvas 81.3 x 66 cm
    Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT

    1815 Mrs. Wilbur (Sarah 'Sally' Stearns) Sherman (1789-1845) and daughter Sarah (1814-1872)
    oil on canvas 91.4 x 76.2 cm
    Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT

    1815 Portrait of Harriet Campbell
    oil on canvas 123.2 x 63.5 cm
    Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, PA
    1815c Harriet Leavens
    oil on canvas 144.8 x 71.1 cm
    Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, MA

    1815-18c Jerusha Rogers Washburn
    oil on canvas 64.1 x 47.6 cm

    1815c MaryAnn Gale
    oil on canvas

    1816 Alsa Slade
    oil on canvas 102 x 83.8 cm
    National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

    1816 Joseph Slade
    oil on canvas 102 x 84 cm
    National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

    1816c Portrait of Mr. Dilbee of Pine Plains
    oil on canvas 97.8 x 80.6 cm

    1817c Betsy Beckwith
    oil on canvas 77.4 x 62.4 cm
    Brooklyn Museum, NY

    1817c Colonel Nathan Beckwith
    oil on canvas 77.4 x 62,4 cm
    Brooklyn Museum, NY

    1818c Portrait of a Gentleman with a Snake Cane
    oil on canvas 74.9 x 61 cm

    1820c Derick Wyncoop and Anna Elting Wyncoop
    oil on canvas 74 x 59 cm

    1820c General David Robinson
    oil on canvas
    Bennington Museum, Bennington, VT

    1820c Jane Daney Smith
    oil on canvas 81.6 x 66 cm
    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

    1820c Nancy Caldwell Church Robinson
    oil on canvas
    Bennington Museum, Bennington, VT

    1820c Portrait of Sally Morgan Walbridge
    oil on canvas 82.5 x 66.7 cm
    Private Collection

    1820c Reverend Jonas Coe
    oil on canvas 122.2 x 97.1 cm
    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

    1821 Portrait of Dr. John McClennan of Livingston, New York inscribed "John McClellan Aged 48 1821/ Painted by A. Phillips."
    oil on canvas 77.5 x 62.2 cm

    1821-22 Cornelius Allerton
    oil on canvas 83.8 x 69.9 cm
    Art Institute of Chicago, IL

    1821-22 Mrs. Reuben Allerton (Lois Atherton)
    oil on canvas 83.8 x 69.9 cm
    Art Institute of Chicago, IL

    1822 Portrait of Charlotte Newcombe Benedict
    oil on canvas 75.6 x 58.7 cm
    Springfield Museum of Art, Ohio

    1822 Portrait of Dr. Abijah Gilbert Benedict
    oil on canvas 75.6 x 58.7 cm
    Springfield Museum of Art, Ohio

    1824 Hannah Bull Thompson
    oil on canvas 76.2 x 61 cm
    The Huntingdon Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, San Marino, CA

    1825-30 Portrait of James Ketcham
    oil on canvas 81.3 x 67.3 cm
    Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA

    1825-30 Portrait of Lois Belding Ketcham
    oil on canvas 81.3 x 67.3 cm
    Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA

    1825c (possibly Ammi Phillips) Portrait of a Man
    oil on canvas 58.4 x 71.1 cm.

    1825c (possibly Ammi Phillips) Portrait of a Woman
    oil on canvas 58.4 x 71.1 cm

    1825c Portrait of a Man with Red Curtain
    oil on canvas 74.9 x 59.7 cm

    1825c Portrait of Cicero Hinds
    oil on canvas 73.7 x 58.4 cm

    1825c Portrait of Mr. Warburton of Rockboro, Virginia
    oil on canvas 73.3 x 60.5 cm
    Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA

    1825c Portrait of Mrs Warburton of Rockboro, Virginia
    oil on canvas 75.7 x 60.6 cm
    Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA
     

    1826c Woman Holding a Hymn Book
    oil on canvas

    1827 Mary Elizabeth Smith
    oil on canvas 65.1 x 52.7 cm
    Terra Foundation for American Art, Chicago, IL

    1830c The Strawberry Girl
    oil on canvas 66.3 x 56.3 cm

    1828 Portrait of a Young Girl
    oil on canvas 61 x 50.2 cm

    1828-38 Portrait of Ann Miller Tompkins


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  • 11/14/16--06:15: American Folk Art - part 10
  • Continuing a major series on American Folk Art featuring 21 postings. Folk Art encompasses art produced by artists and ordinary folk with little or no training in the arts, and is traditionally utilitarian and decorative rather than purely aesthetic. The period I’m covering is the C18th and C19th.
    See parts 1-9 also for earlier works.

    Note: Follow me on Twitter for notice of updates @poulwebb

    This is part 10 of a 21-part post on American Folk Art:

    Ammi Phillips (1788-1865)
    For other works by Ammi Phillips and for biographical notes, see part 9 of the series.
    This is part 2 of 3-part post on the works of Ammi Phillips:


    1829 Jane Ann Benjamin Powers (Mrs. Charles Westley Powers)
    oil on canvas
    Dayton Art Institute, OH

    1829 Portrait of Abigail Penoyer Reynolds
    oil on canvas 78.4 x 63.2 cm
    The San Diego Museum of Art, CA

    1829 Portrait of George Greenwood Reynolds
    oil on canvas 78.1 x 63.5 cm
    The San Diego Museum of Art, CA

    1829-38c Portrait of a Young Woman Seated on a Painted Chair
    oil on canvas 88.9 x 78.7 cm

    1829-39c Portrait of a Young Woman
    oil on canvas 83.8 x 71.1 cm

    1829c Portrait of Mary Margaret Deuel
    ( Dover Plais, Dutchess County, New York )
    oil on canvas 75.6 x 60.3 cm

    1830-35 Girl in Red Dress with Cat and Dog
    oil on canvas 76.2 x 63.5 cm
    American Folk Art Museum, New York City

    1835c Girl in a Red Dress
    oil on canvas 82.2 x 69.5 cm
    Terra Foundation for American Art, Chicago, IL


    1830-35c (attributed to) Portrait of a Girl labelled "Caroline Dorr"
    63.5 x 53.3 cm

    1830-35c Elizabeth Hardenbergh DeWitt
    oil on canvas 81.3 x 68.6 cm
    "wife of William Cantine DeWitt (1796-1871), a physician with a thriving practice in Saugerties."

    1830c Catherine A. May
    oil on canvas 79 x 63.4 cm
    National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

    1830c Portrait of a Gentleman with a Pamphlet Entitiled "Agriculture"
    oil on canvas  78.7 x 66 cm

    1830c Portrait of a Lady in a Lace Bonnet
    oil on canvas 78.2 x 66 cm

    1830c Portrait of Julia Barton Hunting
    oil
    The Henry Ford Collection

    1832c Portrait of a Young Girl in a Pink Dress
    oil on canvas 78.7 x 63.5 cm

    1834c Old Woman with a BIble
    oil on linen 85.1 x 71.1 cm
    Memorial Ar Gallery, Rochester, NY

    1835-40 Lady in a Gold-Coloured Dress
    oil on canvas 85.1 x 71.7 cm
    Folk Art Museum, New York City

    1835-40 Mrs. Mayer and Daughter
    oil on canvas 96.2 x 87 cm
    Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City

    1835c (attributed to) Woman with Bonnet
    oil on canvas 85.1 x 69.2 cm

    1835c A Gentleman Holding a Book on Agriculture
    oil on canvas 84.5 x 71.1 cm
    Private Collection

    1835c Girl with Dog and Strawberries

    1835c Jane Storm Teller
    oil on canvas 83.7 x 68.5 cm
    National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

    1835c Portrait of a Man
    oil on canvas 85.1 x 71.1 cm
    Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA

    1835c Portrait of a Woman
    oil on canvas 85.4 x 58.7 cm
    Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA

    1835c Portrait of John Hughes of Hughesville
    oil on canvas 81 x 69 cm

    1835c Woman in Black Ruffled Dress
    oil on canvas 81.3 x 68.6 cm
    Crystal Bridges Art Museum, Bentonville, Arkansas

    1836-40c Portrait of a Gentleman Seated in a Painted Chair Holding a Book
    oil on canvas 92.7 x 80 cm

    1836c Blond Boy with Primer, Peach, and Dog
    oil on canvas 122.9 x 76.2 cm
    Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA

    1836c Portrait of a Young Woman in a White Eyelet Bonnet
    oil on canvas 107.9 x 92.8 cm

    1837c Portrait of Mary Hoyt
    oil on canvas 101.6 x 83.8 cm

    1838c Jeannette Woolley, later Mrs. John Vincent Storm
    oil on canvas 83.8 x 71 cm
    Brooklyn Museum, NY

    1838c John Younie Luyster
    oil on canvas 116.8 x 77.5 cm
    Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA

    1840c Portrait of a Girl in a Red Dress
    oil on canvas 91.4 x 77.5 cm

    1840c Portrait of a Lady Wearing White Lace Cap and Collar
    oil on canvas  73.7 x 64.8 cm

    1841 Portrait of Jeanette Payne
    oil on canvas 85.1 x 71.1 cm
    Private Collection

    1846-47c Pastoral Landscape
    oil on panel 42.5 x 54 cm
    Private Collection

    1850c Maria Rachel Bronson (born in Torrington, Connecticut on April 26, 1819) and son Wilbur born in Winchester, Litchfield, Connecticut on June 9, 1848 (born in Winchester, Litchfield, Connecticut on June 9, 1848)
    oil on canvas 88.9 x 89.5 cm

    1850c Portrait of a Young Boy in Plaid with Dog
    oil on canvas 96.5 x 67.3 cm

    1855-57c Portrait of Asa Beckwith
    oil on canvas 85.7 x 69.8 cm

    1860 Three Children of Henry Joslen Carter
    oil on canvas 73 x 95.2 cm
    Folk Art Museum, New York City

    1862-63 Portrait of Sarah King Dewey and her Daughter, Harriet
    oil on canvas 86.4 x 69.9 cm

    n.d Portrait of a Gentleman Holding a Book: Agriculture
    oil on canvas 85.4 x 71.1 cm

    n.d. (attributed to) Portrait of a Gentleman
    oil on canvas 67.3 x 59.7 cm


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  • 11/16/16--05:52: American Folk Art - part 11
  • Continuing a major series on American Folk Art featuring 21 postings. Folk Art encompasses art produced by artists and ordinary folk with little or no training in the arts, and is traditionally utilitarian and decorative rather than purely aesthetic. The period I’m covering is the C18th and C19th.
    See parts 1-10 also for earlier works.

    Note: Follow me on Twitter for notice of updates @poulwebb

    This is part 11 of a 21-part post on American Folk Art:

    Ammi Phillips (1788-1865)
    For other works by Ammi Phillips and for biographical notes, see parts 9 and 10 of the series.
    This is part 3 of 3-part post on the works of Ammi Phillips:


    n.d. ( attributed to ) Portrait of a Lady Holding a Rose
    oil on canvas 91.4 x 71.1 cm

    n.d. ( attributed to ) Portrait of a Lady
    oil on canvas 57.1 x 45.1 cm

    n.d. ( attributed to ) Portrait of a Young Boy
    oil on canvas mounted on board 83.2 x 67.9 cm

    n.d. ( attributed to ) Portrait of a Young Girl
    oil on canvas 76.2 x 63.5 cm

    n.d. Arabs on Horseback
    oil on canvas 61 x 91.4 cm

    n.d. Child in Pink with Her Spaniel
    oil on canvas 80 x 63.5 cm Private Collection

    n.d. Deacon Elisha Holbrook
    oil on canvas 76.2 x 63.5 cm
    Private Collection

    n.d. Sarah Thayer Holbrook
    oil on canvas 76.2 x 63.5 cm
    Private Collection


    n.d. Deacon John Guernsey and his wife, Mercy
    oil on canvas 78.7 x 63.5 cm each

    n.d. Deacon John Guernsey holding a "Holy Bible"
    oil on canvas 78.7 x 63.5 cm

    n.d. Fashionable Lady with Shawl and Book
    oil on canvas 75.9 x 61 cm

    n.d. Florence Maria Carter ( 1859-1905 )
    oil on canvas 87 x 69.2 cm

    n.d. Henry Sisson
    oil on canvas 87 x 69.8 cm

    n.d. Lucy A. Howe Sisson
    oil on canvas 84.7 x 69.8 cm

    n.d. Maria Cooper ( 1787-1868 )
    oil on canvas 86.4 x 71.1 cm

    n.d. Tunis Cooper ( 1787-1868 )
    oil on canvas 86.4 x 71.1 cm


    n.d. Mrs. Lyman of West Stockbridge, Massachusetts
    oil on canvas 85.1 x 69.8 cm

    n.d. Portrait of a Dark-Haired Gentleman
    oil on canvas 64.8 x 54.9 cm

    n.d. Portrait of a Gentleman
    ( paired with portrait below )
    83.8 x 71.1 cm

    n.d. Portrait of a Woman
    ( paired with portrait above )
    83.8 x 71.1 cm


    n.d. Portrait of a Gentleman from Dover Plains, New York
    oil on canvas 81.3 x 68.6 cm

    n.d. Portrait of a Lady from Dover Plains, New York
    oil on canvas 81.3 x 68.6 cm


    n.d. Portrait of a Gentleman
    oil on canvas 76.2 x 55.9 cm

    n.d. Portrait of a Gentleman
    oil on canvas 87 x 69.2 cm

    n.d. Portrait of a Gentleman Sitting in a Yellow Chair
    oil on canvas 75.6 x 72 cm

    n.d. Portrait of a Lady in an Elaborate Lace Bonnet

    n.d. Portrait of a Little Girl and Her Dog
    oil on canvas

    n.d. Portrait of a Man Holding the "Telegraph"
    oil on canvas 81.3 x 69.2 cm

    n.d. Portrait of a Man Holding "The Cultivator"
    oil on canvas 85.1 x 69.2 cm
    Private Collection

    n.d. Portrait of a Man with "Boyer's Dictionary"
     oil on canvas mounted on masonite 72.4 x 59.3 cm

    n.d. Portrait of a Woman
    oil on canvas 85.1 x 69.2 cm
    Private Collection

    n.d. Portrait of a Woman
    oil on canvas 85.7 x 69.2 cm

    n.d. Portrait of a Young Woman
    oil on canvas 78.7 x 63.5 cm

    n.d. Portrait of Cyrus Chipman MD
    oil on canvas 76.2 x 64.1 cm

    n.d. Portrait of David R. Arnell, M.D.
    oil on canvas mounted on board 76.2 x 61 cm
    ( Dr. David R. Arnell ( 1770-1826 ) was a highly trained and well-respected physician who lived and worked in Orange County, NY. )

    n.d. Portrait of Elizabeth Buckley of Sheffield, Massachusetts
    oil on canvas 81.3 x 69.2 cm

    n.d. Portrait of Mr. Doane of Dover Plains
    oil on canvas 84.4 x 69.8 cm

    n.d. Portrait of Mrs Calvin Gay ( Phoebe Doud )
    oil 83.8 x 71.1 cm
    Sharon Historical Society, Sharon, CT

    n.d. Portrait of Polly Smith Husted
    oil on canvas mounted on masonite 97.8 x 80 cm

    n.d. Woman with Pink Ribbons
    oil on canvas


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  • 11/18/16--06:59: American Folk Art - part 12
  • Continuing a major series on American Folk Art featuring 21 postings. Folk Art encompasses art produced by artists and ordinary folk with little or no training in the arts, and is traditionally utilitarian and decorative rather than purely aesthetic. The period I’m covering is the C18th and C19th.
    See parts 1-11 also for earlier works.

    Note: Follow me on Twitter for notice of updates @poulwebb

    This is part 12 of a 21-part post on American Folk Art:


    Deacon Robert Peckham (1785-1877)


    Deacon Robert Peckham

    Peckham began his artistic career as an ornamental and sign painter. With only a few months training in portraiture, he carved out a long and successful career as a portrait artist. He lived and worked in Westminster, Massachusetts, and produced numerous vivid likenesses - more than 50 are attributed to him - of people from the town and nearby centres.  


    1817c The Peckham-Sawyer Family
    oil on canvas 67.6 x 82.5 cm
    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

    1819 Portrait of Betsey Baker Thurston Davis
    oil on panel 67.9 x 57.1 cm

    1830c Portrait of a Young Child in a White Dress and Red Shoes with Peach and Dog
    pastel on paper 63.5 x 52.1 cm

    1838c The Raymond Children
    oil on canvas 140.3 x 99 cm
    Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City

    1839 Portrait of Phebe Brown inscribed "Mrs. Phebe Brown Age 44 years 1839 Now the wife of Prescott Esq. R. Peckam"
     oil on canvas 76.2 x 62.9 cm

    1840c ( attributed to ) Portrait of Rosa Heywood
    oil on canvas 113 x 74.3 cm

    1840c The Hobby Horse
    oil on canvas 103.5 x 101.6 cm
    National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

    1841 ( attributed to ) The Farwell Children
    oil on canvas 133.4 x 100.4 cm

    n.d. ( attributed to ) Portrait of a Boy
    oil on canvas 59.7 x 55.9 cm

    n.d. Portrait of Charles A. Norton
    oil on canvas 59 x 48.9 cm

    n.d. Portrait of Sally Puffer Sanderson



    Sheldon Peck (1797-1868)


    Sheldon Peck

    Sheldon Peck (August 26, 1797 - March 19, 1869) was a folk artist, abolitonist, and social activist as well as an advocate for temperance, women’s rights, racial equality, public education, and pacifism. Peck’s portraiture – with its distinctive style - is a prime example of 19th century American folk art. While working as an artist, Peck was a conductor on the underground railway.

    Peck was born in Cornwall, Vermont, the ninth son of Jacob and Elizabeth Peck. Peck's ancestors were among the founders of New Haven Colony; his father worked as a blacksmith and served as a private in the Revolutionary War.


    No records exist to indicate that Peck received any formal art education. His work may have been influenced by William Jennys, a primitive portrait painter who was active in Vermont around the time Peck lived there. Peck also would have had access to art instruction texts that were housed in the library of the Cornwall Young Gentleman’s Society.


    1820-25 Mrs. Murry
    oil on panel 70.5 x 57.5 cm
    Flint Institute of Arts, MI

    1820-25c Mr. Murry
    oil on panel 69.2 x 55.6 cm
    Flint Institute of Arts, MI

    1820-28c ( attributed to ) Portrait of a Man ( Possibly Member of the Van Vechten Family )
    oil on wood panel 32.1 x 26.3 cm
    Folk Art Museum, New York City

    1820-28c ( attributed to ) Portrait of a Woman ( Possibly Member of the Van Vechten Family )
    oil on wood panel 32.1 x 26.3 cm
    Folk Art Museum, New York City

    1820c ( attributed to ) John Jackson
    oil on wood panel 54.6 x 38.7 cm
    Folk Art Museum, New York City

    1820c ( attributed to ) Nancy G. Jackson
    oil on wood panel 54.6 x 38.7 cm
    Folk Art Museum, New York City

    1825 Portrait of a Woman

    1825c Elizabeth Ann Ferris Preston

    1825c Portrait of a Child in White Dress Holding a Rose
    oil on panel 61 x 49.5 cm

    1825c Young Girl in Blue Dress Holding an Egg

    1830c Girl with a Rose

    1837c William W. Welch inscribed "Wm. W, Welch Born A.D. 1777"

    1845 The John G. Wagner Family
    oil on canvas 85.1 x 105.4 cm
    Aurura Historical Museum, IL

    1845c Anna Gould Crane and Granddaughter Janette
    oil on canvas 90.2 x 115.6 cm
    Folk Art Museum, New York City

    1845c David and Catherine Stolp Crane
    oil on canvas 90.6 x 110.8 cm
    Folk Art Museum, New York City

    Ellis J. Pratt "Born Aug the 21 1828"

    n.d. Phebe Welch inscribed "Phebe Welch Born AD 1793"

    n.d. Portrait of a Gentleman
    oil on panel 68.6 x 55.9 cm

    n.d. Portrait of a Girl

    n.d. Portrait of a Man
    oil on canvas 63.5 x 55.9 cm

    n.d. Portrait of a Woman
    oil on canvas 63.5 x 55.9 cm

    n.d. Portrait of Miss Dodge

    n.d. Samuel and Eunice Judkins of Ulster County, New York
    oil on panel 56.5 x 76.8 cm

    n.d. Woman Holding a Book


    Joseph H. Davis (active 1832–1837) 

    Jospeph H. Davis was an itinerant American portrait painter. Over a period of only five years, from 1832–37, Davis painted about 150 watercolour portraits of residents of Maine and New Hampshire. The body of work he left behind is highly regarded for its calligraphic line, miniaturising delicacy, and decorative stylisation. His pictures are in many important collections, including those of the American Folk Art Museum, New York; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC.


    1822 inscribed "Charles Bartlett, Roberts. Born May 21st 1822. - Painted at the Age of 13 years"
    pencil and watercolour on paper 19.1 x 15.9 cm
    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

    1833 inscribed "Achsah Stanton. Aged 18 years 1833"
    pencil and watercolour on paper 25.1 x 19.7 cm
    Museum of FIne Arts, Boston, MA

    1834 inscribed "Samuel G. Vickery. Age 59 Years. 1834
    Mary Vickery. Age 51 Years. 1834"
    pen and ink and watercolour on paper

    1835 inscribed "Elizabeth A. Fall. Aged 21 years. 1835"
    pencil and watercolour on paper 25.9 x 17.9 cm
    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

    1835 inscribed "Joseph C. Wentworth. Aged 33 Years. and 10 months 1835 - Tryphena B. Wentworth. Aged 33 and 4 months 1835"
    watercolour 36.8 x 44.4 cm

    1835 inscribed "Susan Elizabeth Wentworth. AGE. 3 Years and 6 months 1835"
    watercolour 17.1 x 14.6 cm

    1836 inscribed " John Montgomery. Aged 36 March 6th
    Abigail Montgomery Aged 52 Septem' 26th"
    pen and ink and watercolour on paper 22.2 x 35.3 cm
    National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

    1836 inscribed "Alfred Tailor. Aged 24 Years. July 5 1836
    Sally S. Tailor. Aged 20 Years. June 27 -"
    pen and ink and watercolour

    1836 inscribed "Everett Caverly. Aged 11 Years, Octr 31st 1836.
     Jhn Hoit Caverly, Aged 8 Years. Octbr 17th 1836"
    20.6 x 30.6 cm
    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

    1836 inscribed "John P. Demeritt. Aged 32 Feby 26, 1836"
    pen and ink, pencil and watercolour on paper 24.6 x 27.9 cm

    1836 inscribed "Sylvanus C. Foss. Painted at the age of 19
    Mary Jane Foss. Painted at the age of 25. May 6 1836"
    watercolour, pencil and ink on paper 27.3 x 38.1 cm
    American Folk Art Museum, New York City

    1837 inscribed "Betsey Dowst. Aged 69 Years. Aug 27th 1837"
     watercolour, ink and pencil on paper 35.9 x 30.5 cm
    American Folk Art Museum, New York City

    1837 inscrbed "Sewell Marden. Aged 43 Years, Septmbr 18th, 1837. Painted January 1837.
    Sally Marden. Aged 43 Years, November 12th, 1837."
     watercolour, pencil and ink on paper 24.1 x 34.3 cm

    1837 inscribed " Delia Varney. Aged 35, October 26. 1837. Painted July 8th 1837."
    pencil and watercolour on paper 25.6 x 19.5 cm
    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

    1837 inscribed "Andrew J. Wiggins Aged 21 years March 15 1837"
    watercolour and ink on paper 24.1 x 19 cm

    1837 inscribed "Catharine T. Dockum Aged 14 December 18th 1837"
    watercolour and ink on paper 25.4 x 20.3 cm

    1837 inscribed "David S. Glidden. Aged 16 Years December 23 1837"

    1837 inscribed "Eunice E.C. Marden. Aged 6, Octbr 11th, 1837.
     Lurana G. Marden. Aged 2 Years, April 28th, 1837."
    watercolour, pencil and ink on paper 17.9 x 22.9 cm

    1837 inscribed "William Sumner Jordan/ Aged 3 May 26 1837"
     watercolour and ink on paper 14 x 9.5 cm

    1865 inscribed "Mary Antoinette Lorania Pike.
    Sarah Adeline Pike"
    watercolour, pencil and ink on paper
    American Folk Art Museum, New York City

    n.d Man with a Top Hat
    watercolour on paper 24.1 x 15.9 cm

    n.d. ( attributed to ) Parlour Scene
    watercolour and gouache on paper 24.1 x 51.4 cm

    n.d. ( attributed to ) Woman and Child
    watercolour on paper 24.8 x 27.9 cm

    n.d. Family Group
    pencil and watercolour on paper 24.8 x 41 cm
    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

    n.d. Family Group with Child, Cat and Vase
    pencil and watercolour on paper 27.9 x 42.7 cm
    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

    n.d. Man with a Top Hat
    watercolour on paper 29.4 x 24.1 cm

    n.d. Portrait of John and Hannah Butler of Berwick, Maine
    pen and ink, pencil and watercolour on paper 26 x 38.1 cm

    n.d. Seated Couple
    pencil and watercolour on paper 25.2 x 34.3 cm
    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

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  • 11/21/16--05:41: American Folk Art - part 13
  • Continuing a major series on American Folk Art featuring 21 postings. Folk Art encompasses art produced by artists and ordinary folk with little or no training in the arts, and is traditionally utilitarian and decorative rather than purely aesthetic. The period I’m covering is the C18th and C19th.
    See parts 1-12 also for earlier works.

    Note: Follow me on Twitter for notice of updates @poulwebb

    This is part 13 of a 21-part post on American Folk Art:


    Erastus Salisbury Field (1805-1900)


    Erastus Salisbury Field, 1840s.
    Daguerrotype coloured by the artist

    Erastus Salisbury Field and his twin sister, Salome, were born in Leverett, Massachusetts, on 19 May 1805. Erastus Field showed an early talent for sketching portraits, and in 1824 the aspiring artist travelled to New York City to study with Samuel F. B. Morse. Field's instruction was cut short by the death of Morse's wife in 1825, and it is not evident what Field learned. In 1831 he married Phebe Gilmur in Ware, Massachusetts, and their only child was born the next year. His career apparently prospered during the 1830s, for the artist produced a multitude of rapidly executed portraits, often completed in one day, which commanded fair prices. Field's best portraits date from around 1836 - the year he returned to Leverett from Ware - to about 1840.

    After traveling to Brattleboro, Vermont, in 1839, the artist and his wife moved back to Ware, Massachusetts. By 1841, however, they were in New York City. Field remained there for about seven years and exhibited several works. In 1848 he was called home to manage his father's farm in Sunderland, Massachusetts, and a newspaper account reported that he remained there for "some four years in the practice of his art." By around 1847 Field had begun executing landscape and history paintings, perhaps because the daguerreotype, introduced in America in 1839, was beginning to replace painted portraits. Always resourceful, however, Field took advantage of the camera, using it to make photographs of his sitters, which he would later copy on canvas.


    Between 1852 and his wife's death in 1859, Field moved frequently between Sunderland, Palmer, and North Amherst, Massachusetts. When Phebe Field died, the artist and his daughter moved to Plumtrees, a settlement now in Sunderland that was occupied by the Cooley and Hubbard families, whom Field had known since childhood. Field, who would spend the rest of his life there, built a modest studio and painted some elaborate compositions of exotic landscapes and biblical scenes, relying on his imagination as well as on printed illustrations by artists such as John Martin.



    Field died at Plumtrees in 1900, leaving a legacy of over three hundred paintings attributed to his hand. Just before his death a newspaper article praised his portraits, saying that they were "as nearly correct as can well be made in oil, and give to posterity faithful ideas of the personal appearance of their ancestors." Field's career exemplified that of the enterprising itinerant who created distinctive, quickly executed yet insightful likenesses to meet the growing demands of America's middle-class patrons.



    1825-50c Portrait of a Woman with a Shawl
    oil on canvas 89.5 x 66 cm
    Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

    1825c Elizabeth Billings Ashley
    oil on canvas 62.2 x 57.1 cm
    Michele and Donald D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield, MA

    1829c Gentleman of Squire Williams House
    oil on canvas 81.3 x 61.6 cm
    Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

    1829c Lady of Squire Williams House
    oil on canvas 81.3 x 61.6 cm
    Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

    1829c Mary Werner Bangs
    oil on canvas 149.2 x 76.8 cm
    Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City

    1830c Dwarfed Boy in Red Dress Holding Rattle
    oil  on canvas 30.5 x 22.9 cm
    Private Collection

    1830c Julia Tuttle Bangs
    oil on canvas

    1830c Phineas Field ( younger brother of the artist )
    oil on canvas 80 x 67.3 cm
    Private Collection

    1830c Portrait of a Young Lady
    oil on canvas 30.5 x 22.9 cm
    Portland Art Museum, Oregon

    1833-34 Augusta Mason Doten
    oil on canvas 86.7 x 69.2 cm
    Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Alabama

    1833c Elizabeth Camilla Jillson
    oil on canvas 121.9 x 73.7 cm
    Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford, CT

    1833c Harriet Sophia Jones
    oil on canvas 111.8 x 72.4 cm
    Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA

    1835 Portrait of Sarah Elizabeth Ball
    oil on canvas
    Joseph Allen Skinner Museum, Mt Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA

    1835 Thankful Field
    oil on canvas 79.4 x 65.1 cm
    Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield, MA

    1835-38 Mrs. Paul Smith Palmer and Her Twins
    oil on canvas 97.8 x 86.3 cm
    National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

    1835-38 Paul Smith Palmer
    oil on canvas 86.4 x 73.4 cm
    National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

    1835-38c Man Holding a Quill
    oil on canvas 76.2 x 66 cm
    Folk Art Museum, New York City

    1835-38c Woman Holding Red Book
    oil on canvas 76.2 x 66 cm
    Folk Art Museum, New York City

    1835c Woman Holding a Book
    oil on canvas 75.7 x 60.5 cm
    National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

    1835c Young Girl in Pink Dress
    oil on canvas 86.4 x 66 cm
    Private Collection

    1836 Austin Marsh
    oil on canvas
    Private Collection

    1836 Henry Carlton Hulbert
    oil on canvas 75.6 x 64.8 cm
    Private Collection

    1836 Maryette Field Marsh
    oil on canvas 88.9 x 73.7 cm
    National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC

    1836 Nathaniel Bassett
    oil on canvas 88.9 x 72.7 cm 
    Smith College of Art, Northampton, MA

    1836c Amos Geer Hulbert
    oil on canvas 87 x 73.7 cm
    Private Collection

    1836c Bethiah Smith Bassett
    oil on canvas 88.9 x 73.3 cm
    Smith College of Art, Northampton, MA

    1836c Henry Thomas Robbins
    oil on canvas 87 x 81.92 cm
    Private Collection

    1837 Dolly Floyd Wiley
    oil on canvas 88.9 x 73.7 cm
    Michele and Donald D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield, MA

    1837 Eleazer Cowles
    oil on canvas 76.5 x 66.4 cm
    Worcester Art Museum, MA

    1837 Loisa Cowles
    oil on canvas 76.5 x 66.4 cm
    Worcester Art Museum, MA

    1837 Maria Cowles
    oil on canvas 76.5 x 66.4 cm
    Worcester Art Museum, MA

    1838 Josiah Goddard
    oil on canvas
    Brown University Portrait Collection, Providence, RI

    1838 Lucy H. Mills Ball
    oil on canvas 103.5 x 92.1 cm
    Michele and Donald D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield, MA

    1838 Mr. Pearce
    oil on canvas 76.2 x 66 cm
    Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Centre, Williamsburg, VA

    1838 Mrs. Pearce
    oil on canvas 76.2 x 66 cm
    Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Centre, Williamsburg, VA

    1838 Reverend Dyer Ball
    oil on canvas 13.5 x 92.1 cm
    Michele and Donald D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield, MA

    1838 Woman with a Green Book
    oil on canvas 88.9 x 74.3 cm
    Art Institute of Chicago, IL

    1838-39c Portrait of a Young Man
    oil on canvas 74.9 x 63.5 cm
    Folk Art Museum, New York City

    1838c ( attributed to ) Josiah B. Woods Jr. ( posthumous portrait )
    oil on linen 129.5 x 81.9 cm
    Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, NJ

    1838c Man with a Tune Book: Possibly Mr. Cook
    oil on canvas 89.1 x 73.8 cm
    National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

    1838c Sarah Elizabeth Ball
    oil on canvas 89.2 74.3 cm
    Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, South Hadley, MA

    1839c Joseph Moore and His Family
    oil on canvas 209.2 x 237.2 cm
    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

    1839c Louisa ( Clarissa? ) Gallond Cook
    oil on canvas 86.4 x 71.1 cm
    Shelburne Museum, VT

    1840-49c Julius Norton
    oil on canvas 88.9 x 73.7 cm
    Bennington Museum, VT

    1844c The Embarkation of Ulysses
    oil on canvas 87.6 x 115.6 cm
    Michele and Donald D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield, MA

    1845c Margaret Gilmore
    oil on canvas 137.5 x 86.7 cm
    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

    1848c Girl of the Bangs-Phelps Family
    oil on canvas 149.2 x 76.8 cm
    Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City

    n.d. Susanne Tilinghast of Connecticut
    oil on canvas 73.7 x 64.1 cm
    Private Collection

    1850c The Taj Mahal
    oil on canvas 61.6 x 86.7 cm
    Flint Institute of Arts, MI

    1855c Rattlesnake Gutter
    oil on canvas 109.2 x 94 cm
    Private Collection

    1860-1880c The Taj Mahal
    oil on canvas 88.7 x 116.7 cm
    National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

    1860c The Garden of Eden
    oil on canvas 63.5 x 105.4 cm
    Shelburne Museum, VT

    1860c The Garden of Eden
    oil on canvas 88.3 x 116.5 cm
    National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

    1865-80 Egyptian Scene ( possibly Moses and Zipporah )
    oil on canvas 88.9 x 116.8 cm
    Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City

    1865-80c "He Turned Their Waters into Blood"
    oil on canvas 76.5 x 102.9 cm
    National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

    1865-80c Burial of the First Born of Egypt
    oil on canvas 84.5 x 99.7 cm
    Michele and Donald D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield, MA

    1865-80c Death of the First Born
    oil on canvas 88.6 x 88.9 cm
    Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Centre, Williamsburg, VA

    1865-80c Death of the First Born
    oil on canvas 88.9 x 116.8 cm
    Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City

    1865-80c The Last Supper
    oil on canvas 88.9 x 116.8 cm
    Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA

    1865-1880c Ark of the Covenant
    oil on canvas 50.8 x 61.3 cm
    National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

    1865-1880c Pharaoh's Army Marching
    oil on canvas 89 x 116.8 cm
    National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

    1867c Historical Monument of the American Republic
    oil on canvas 281.9 x 398.8 cm
    Michele and Donald D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield, MA

    1869 The Fairy Grotto
    oil on canvas 71.1 x 101.6 cm
    Private Collection

    1881 Lincoln with Washington and His Generals
    oil on canvas 81.3 x 100.3 cm
    Michele and Donald D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield, MA


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  • 11/23/16--06:50: American Folk Art - part 14
  • Continuing a major series on American Folk Art featuring 21 postings. Folk Art encompasses art produced by artists and ordinary folk with little or no training in the arts, and is traditionally utilitarian and decorative rather than purely aesthetic. The period I’m covering is the C18th and C19th.
    See parts 1-13 also for earlier works.

    Note: Follow me on Twitter for notice of updates @poulwebb

    This is part 14 of a 21-part post on American Folk Art:



    William Matthew Prior (1806-1873)


    1825 The Artist as a Young Man: Self-Portrait
    oil on canvas 79.1 x 68.4 cm
    Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, NY

    William Matthew Prior was one of the most complex and influential 19th-century portrait painters. He was a follower of the religious leader William Miller (who prophesied the end of the world in 1843) and was an ardent opponent of the institution of slavery in the United States. 
    Prior also claimed to have clairvoyant powers that allowed him to paint portraits of departed persons he had never seen. He is best known today for the development of a price scale whereby one could buy a large quickly painted, inexpensive portrait, or a more carefully painted example for more money. 
    Prior's influence on other artists was extensive; he led the Prior-Hamblin school, a group of portrait painters bound by family ties and partnerships, who painted in his style.


    1829 Portrait of a Man
    oil on canvas 67 x 56 cm
    Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA

    1830-40c Girl in Grey Dress

    1833 Child with a Hammer
    oil on board
    New Britain Museum of American Art, CT

    1835-40c Portrait of a Young Girl in a Plaid Dress Holding a Bouquet of Flowers
    oil on board 35.6 cm x 43.2 cm

    1835c ( attributed to ) William Whipper
    oil on canvas 62.9 x 50.8 cm
    Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, NY

    1835c Young Girl with Blue Dress

    1838c Woman with Spectacles
    oil on canvas 81.3 x 71.1 cm
    Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, MA

    1840 ( attributed to ) Baby in Blue

    1840 ( attributed to ) Schoolgirl with Doll

    1840c Little Janey in Pink and White Dress
    oil on canvas 61.6 x 51.4 cm
    Flint Institute of Arts, Michigan

    1840c Portrait of a Baby in Blue
    oil on artist board 38.1 x 27.3 cm

    1840c Portrait of a Man
    69.8 x 55.9 cm

    1840c Portrait of a Man

    1840c Young Girl with Her Doll

    1842 Portrait of a Boy with a Bow Tie
    oil on board 35.9 x 26 cm
    Inscribed "Painted by Wm M. Prior-of Boston. formerly of Portland Me.-Painted in Lynn Mass-March 12 1842."

    1842c Portrait of a Child with Long Blonde Hair
    oil on paper board43.2 x 29.8 cm

    1843 Nancy Lawson
    oil on canvas 76.2 x 63.5 cm
    Shelburne Museum, VT

    1843 William Allen
    oil on canvas 81.9 x 101.9 cm
    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

    1844 Mr. G. Brightman
    oil on cardboard 36.2 x 26 cm
    Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, NY

    1844 Mrs. G. Brightman
    oil on cardboard 36.2 x 26 cm
    Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, NY

    1845-50c ( attributed to ) Mr. George Dresser of Plainville, Connecticut
    oil on canvas 76.3 x 63.5 cm
    Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, NJ

    1845-50c ( attributed to ) Mrs. George Dresser of Plainville, Connecticut
    oil on canvas 76.5 x 65 cm
    Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, NJ

    1845-55 ( attributed to ) Portrait of a Man in a Hat
    oil on canvas 68.6 x 55.9 cm
    Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, NY

    1845c Baby in Blue
    oil on paper mounted on wood 60.3 x 43.2 cm
    National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

    1845c Boy with a Dog

    1845c Boy with a Rattle

    1845c Boy with Toy Horse and Wagon
    oil on canvas 77 x 63.7 cm
    National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

    1845c Isaac Josiah and William Mulford Hand
    oil on canvas mounted on hardboard 75.6 x 65.1 cm
    de Young/Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, CA

    1845c Young Girl in a Black Dress

    1846 Eliza C. Allen

    1846-73c Child with Straw Hat
    oil on canvas 76.5 x 60.5 cm
    National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

    1846c Nat Todd
    oil on artist board 41.3 x 30.1 cm
    Private Collection

    1848 Child in Blue with Dog, probably East Boston, MA
    oil on canvas 90.5 x 71.1 cm
    Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, NY

    1848 Portrait of a Boy in a Red Dress with His Toy Wagon
    oil on canvas 74.9 x 64.1 cm

    1848 Portrait of a Young Girl in a Pink Dress Holding Roses
    oil on canvas 56.5 x 41.3 cm

    1848 Portrait of Mary Lewis
    oil on canvas 66 x 54 cm

    1848c Portrait of a Boy Holding a Riding Whip
    oil on artist board 35.6 x 25.4 cm

    1850 Little Miss Fairfield
    oil on canvas 61 x 50.9 cm
    National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

    1850 Master Cleeves
    aqueous medium on cardboard 41.3 x 30.3 cm
    National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

    1850-60c Landscape
    oil on canvas 51.4 x 65.4
    Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, NY

    1850c ( attributed to )
    Portrait of a Young Woman
    76.2 x 63.5 cm

    1850c ( attributed to ) Man with Gold Pencil
    oil on canvas 69.1 x 56.6 cm
    Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

    1850c ( attributed to ) Woman with Gold Necklace
    oil on canvas 69 x 56.5 cm
    Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

    1850c Mr Dudley
    oil on canvas 89.2 x 76.8 cm
    Detroit Institute of Arts, MI

    1850c Portrait of Ardelle Clementine Taylor
    oil on paperboard 36.8 x 26.7 cm

    1851 "The House That Jack Built," Manor by the Sea
    oil on artist board 48.9 x 58.4 cm

    1851 Portrait of Two Children with a Dove
    inscribed "Two of David's Children...by W.M. Prior-Boston MA- June 1851" on the reverse
    oil on canvas 58.4 x 68.6 cm

    1852 ( attributed to ) Young Girl in a Blue Dress

    1853c Portrait of Alice Whitman Pickett, Age 2 Years 6 Months
     oil on canvas 81.3 x 61 cm

    1854 The Burnish Sisters
    oil on canvas 90.2 x 101.8 cm
    The National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

    1854 Three Sisters of the Copeland Family
    oil on canvas 68.3 x 92.7 cm
    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

    1860-73c ( attributed to ) Abraham Lincoln
    reverse painting on oil on glass 59.7 x 43.8 cm
    Folk Art Museum, New York City

    1860c George Washington
    reverse painting on glass
    de Young / Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, CA

    n.d. ( attributed to ) Portrait of a Student
    oil on canvas 60.3 x 50.2 cm

    n.d. ( attributed to ) Portrait of a Woman in a Green Dress
    oil on artist board 34.3 x 24.1 cm

    n.d. ( attributed to ) Laura Ann Wood aged 9 and Mary Ellen Wood aged 7

    n.d. Portrait of a Baby Wearing a White Dress
    oil on artist board 36.2 x 26 cm

    n.d. Portrait of a Bearded Young Man
    oil on canvas 34.3 x 24.8 cm

    n.d. Portrait of a Child in a Blue Dress Holding a Riding Crop
    oil on board 34.3 x 24.8 cm

    n.d. Portrait of a Child in a Red Dress Holding a Floral Sprig
    oil on board 30.5 x 24.8 cm

    n.d. Portrait of a Girl in a Salmon-coloured Dress Holding a Book
    oil on card 35.6 x 25.4 cm

    n.d. Portrait of a Man with an Earring in Front of a Window
    oil on canvas 68.6 x 55.9 cm

    n.d. Portrait of a Woman in a Gown with Lace Collar and Gold Pendant
    oil on artist board44.4 x 34.3 cm

    n.d. Portrait of a Woman with a White Bonnet
    oil on board 34.3 x 23.6 cm

    n.d. Portrait of a Young Girl

    n.d. Portrait of a Young Woman in a Black Dress in Front of a Window
    oil on card 36.2 x 26.7 cm

    n.d. Portrait of Ruth Nickerson
    oil on artist board 35.9 x 25.4 cm

    n.d. Woman with a Brooch




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  • 11/25/16--06:37: American Folk Art - part 15
  • Continuing a major series on American Folk Art featuring 21 postings. Folk Art encompasses art produced by artists and ordinary folk with little or no training in the arts, and is traditionally utilitarian and decorative rather than purely aesthetic. The period I’m covering is the C18th and C19th.
    See parts 1-14 also for earlier works.

    Note: Follow me on Twitter for notice of updates @poulwebb

    This is part 15 of a 21-part post on American Folk Art:


    John Sherburne Blunt (1798 – 1835)



    John Sherburne Blunt was born in the Portsmouth, New Hampshire area. His brief career consisted of portraiture, landscapes, and marine art. He also produced ship ornaments and miniatures in his early years. He married in 1821, and in 1825 he opened an art instruction school in Portsmouth. He moved to Boston in 1831.


    1828 Winter Scene
    oil on canvas mounted on Masonite 60.6 x 69.8 cm
    Museum of FIne Arts, Boston, MA

    1829-30c Portrait of a Child
    oil on canvas 68.2 x 58.4 cm

    1830-31c ( attributed to ) Portrait of a Country Squire
    oil on canvas 76.2 x 63.5 cm

    1830-31c ( attributed to ) Portrait of a Country Squire's Wife
    oil on canvas 76.2 x 63.5 cm

    1830-33 ( attributed to ) Miss Frances A. Motley
    oil on canvas 89.8 x 74.3 cm
    American Folk Art Museum, New York City

    1830-35c ( attributed to ) Mary Beth Steward

    1830c Portrait of a Lady
    oil on canvas 76.2 x 63.5 cm

    1831c Gentleman fron Providence, RI
    oil on canvas 66 x 55.9 cm

    1831c Lady on Red Sofa
    oil on canvas 84.4 x 71.7 cm
    Folk Art Museum, New York City

    1835 Boston Harbour
    oil on panel 52.1 x 71.4 cm
    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

    1835c Portrait of a Gentleman
    oil on canvas 83.8 x 68.6 cm

    n.d. Portrait of a Gentleman
    oil on canvas 75.6 x 62.9 cm

    n.d. Portrait of a Lady in a Black Dress
    oil on canvas 83.8 x 71.1 cm

    n.d. Portrait of a Lady
    oil on canvas 75.6 x 62.9 cm

    n.d. Portrait of a Young Girl
    oil on canvas

    n.d. Portrait of a Young Woman
    oil on canvas 66 x 55.9 cm

    n.d. Portrait of the Wife of Rufus Kendall
    oil on canvas 77.5 x 63.5 cm

    Samuel Addison Shute (1803-1836) and 
    Ruth Whittier Shute (1803-1882)


    Helen and Steven Kellogg's entry in "American Radiance" for Samuel Addison and Ruth Whittier Shute note that they "were an unusually talented, prolific and enterprising pair of artists who married in Sommerworth, New Hampshire, on October 16, 1827. Ruth was born in Dover, New Hampshire, on Octover 3, 1802, the eighth of nine children; Samuel was born on September 24 of the same year. He attended the Governer Dummer Academy in Byfield, Massachusetts, and went on to study medicine at Dartmouth College.

    After his marriage, Dr. Shute's focus shifted away from medicine, and he joined his wife in an artistic partnership that took the couple through the hamlets and small cities of northern New England and New York State, selling their services as itinerant portrait painters. Their efforts met with considerable success until Samuel's untimely death in Champlain, New York, in 1836, at the age of 32.

    The Shutes employed a highly unusual method of painting, in that they simultaneously directed their creative energies to the same portrait. Although the great majority of their works are unsigned, a number of them are inscribed on the reverse “Painted by R.W. Shute and S.A. Shute”. In several, their contributions are more specifically documented as having been “Drawn by R.W. Shute and Painted by S.A. Shute”.


    By September 1833, Ruth alone was signing paintings. For four years after her husband's death, Ruth continued to travel the region and paint, before marrying Alpha Tarbell and moving to Lexington, Kentucky. Her last known portrait is of her granddaughter, dated 1874.


    1828 Mary Ann Russell
    graphite, watercolour, gouache, ink and gum arabic on paper 25.3 x 20.8 cm

    1830-35c ( attributed to ) Child with Blue Shoes
    graphite, watercolour and gouache on wove paper 58.1 x 50.2 cm

    1830c ( attributed to ) Miniature Portrait of A Young Lady
    watercolour on paper in original frame 5.4 x 6.7 cm

    1830c Double Portrait of a Young Boy and a Baby
    graphite and watercolour on paper 73 x 48.9 cm

    1830c Miniature Portrait of a Young Boy
    watercolour on paper in original frame 5.4 x 6.7 cm

    1830c Portrait of a Little Girl
    graphite, watercolour, gouache and ink on paper 67.3 x 43.2 cm

    1830c Portrait of a Young Boy in a Blue Dress
    graphite, charcoal and watercolour on paper 70 x 48.3 cm

    1830c Portrait of a Young Man Holding a Book
    graphite and watercolour on paper mounted on cardboard 64.8 x 49.5 cm

    1830c Portrait of Miss Adeline Bartlett of Lowell, MA
    graphite and watercolour on paper 13.3 x 12.1 cm

    1831-32c Abigail S. Burnham
    graphite, watercolour, gouache, ink and gold foil on paper 34.3 x 24.1 cm
    Folk Art Museum, New York City

    1831-32c Master Burnham
    graphite, watercolour, gouache and ink on paper 69.8 x 48.3 cm
    Folk Art Museum, New York City

    1831c Frederick Buxton
    graphite, watercolour, gouache and ink on paper 46.3 x 38.7 cm

    1831c Portrait of Two Children
    watercolour, pen and ink on paper

    1832 inscribed "This is portrait of Electa Pierce, sister of my grand-mother Marshall, who was Mary Bowers Pierce, lived in Dunstable and Hudson, N.H."
    watercolour and pencil on paper with gold foil 59.7 x 47 cm

    1832 Miss Emeline Parker of Lowell, MA
    graphite, watercolour, gouache, gum arabic and gold foil on heavy white wove paper 60 x 47.3 cm
    Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City

    1832 Portrait of Eliza Parker Townsend of Lowell, MA
    graphite and watercolour on paper 61 x 50.8 cm

    1832c Portrait of Jeremiah H. Emerson
    graphite, watercolour, gouache, ink and gold foil on paper 74.3 x 48.3 cm

    1833c Eliza Gordon ( Mrs Zophar Willard Brooks )
    watercolour and gouache on paper with applied gold paper 62.6 x 48.3 cm
    Folk Art Museum, New York City

    1833c Portrait of a Standing Little Girl
    watercolour on paper 66 x 54 cm

    1834 Portrait of a Child
    graphite, watercolour, pen and ink on paper 41.3 x 36.8 cm

    1835 Portrait of Mrs. David Stevens of St. Albans, VT by Ruth Whittier Shute
    oil on canvas 76.2 x 61.6 cm

    1840c ( attributed to ) Elderly Lady Seated in a Chair
    watercolour on paper 48.8 x 38.7 cm

    n.d. Portrait of a Woman in Blue
    watercolour and ink on paper 50 x 40 cm

    n.d. Portrait of a Woman
    watercolour and pencil with gold foil55.9 x 45.7 cm

    n.d. Portrait of a Woman with Tortoiseshell Comb
    oil on canvas 69.5 x 61 cm

    n.d. Portrait of a Young Boy
    graphite. watercolour, pen and ink on paper

    n.d. Portrait of John and hannah Maria Pickett
    graphite and watercolour on paper 74.3 x 54 cm


    Asahel Lynde Powers (1813-1843)


    Asahel Lynde Powers was born in Springfield, Vermont in1813. He began his career as an itinerant artist at an early age; the first portrait attributed to him is from 1831. Several portraits from the mid-1830s were painted in Springfield, indicating that Powers returned there periodically from his travels through Vermont, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire. Powers' paintings from the 1830s are considered his strongest portraits due to their intensity, crispness, and decorative quality.


    In the early 1840s the artist moved to Olney, Illinois. A number of likenesses dated 1840 and painted in the area of Plattsburgh, New York. While in New York Powers evidently gave painting tuition as well. Landscape and still life painter Daniel Folger Bigelow (1823-1910) of Peru, New York, wrote that he acquired his first instruction from Powers, to whose influence he owed his own "delicacy of coloring and treatment."



    There are no known works, however, from the artist's Illinois residency. An 1844 document from Clinton County, the only evidence of Powers' marriage, orders Elizabeth M. Powers, his widow, to make an inventory of the deceased's possessions, suggesting that she may not have accompanied him to Illinois, where he died in 1843.



    1826? Mrs. Patrick Henry ( Dorothea Dandridge )
    oil on canvas 85.1 x 60.3 cm
    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

    1826? Patrick Henry
    oil on canvas
    Shelburne Museum, Vermont

    1830c Portrait of Eliza Ann Farrar inscribed "Eliza Ann Farrar daughter of Jacob and Achsah Fisk Farrar born May 6 1814 painted by Asahel Powers Springfield Vermont circa 1830"
    83.8 x 62.9 cm
    Private Collection

    1831c possibly William Sheldon
    oil on wood 104.4 x 78.7 cm
    National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

    1833 Hannah Fisher Stedman
    oil on wood 91.5 x 63 cm
    National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

    1835c ( attributed to ) Portrait of Abel Fisk Farrar Worcester, Massachusetts
    oil on canvas 87.6 x 64.8 cm
    Private Collection

    1835c Portrait of a Young Man
    oil on panel


    Pair of wedding portraits of Colonel Butterfield and his wife Octavia. The Colonel wears the uniform of the 26th Regiment of Vermont Militia. One dated 1836 on reverse:

    1836c Colonel Butterfield
    oil on canvas 50 .8 x 48.9 cm
    Private Collection

    1836c Mrs Butterfield
    oil on canvas 50 .8 x 48.9 cm
    Private Collection

    1839c Portrait of a Young Gentleman
    oil on poplar panel

    n.d. ( attributed to ) "Carson Dana Gifford Miller, born Vermont 1812, died Rochester, NY, April 30, 1891"
     oil on paperboard 20.3 x 35.6 cm

    n.d. ( attributed to ) Carson Dana Miller or her Sister (1897-1881)
    oil on paperboard 20.3 x 35.6 cm

    n.d. ( attributed to ) Hemon Miller (1897-1881)
    oil on paperboard 20.3 x 35.6 cm

    n.d. ( attributed to ) Woman Wearing a Golden Brown Dress and Gold Jewellery

    n.d. Azuba Allen Carpenter, Wife of Dr. Henry Gray

    n.d. Charles Mortimer French



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  • 11/28/16--05:57: American Folk Art - part 16
  • Continuing a major series on American Folk Art featuring 21 postings. Folk Art encompasses art produced by artists and ordinary folk with little or no training in the arts, and is traditionally utilitarian and decorative rather than purely aesthetic. The period I’m covering is the C18th and C19th.
    See parts 1-15 also for earlier works.

    Note: Follow me on Twitter for notice of updates @poulwebb

    This is part 16 of a 21-part post on American Folk Art:


    “Puffy Sleeve Artist” (active 1830 – 1831)


    We don’t know who the Puffy Sleeve Artist was, but he or she left behind a legacy of unique naïve silhouettes with hollow-cut heads on watercolour bodies. The dresses are always painted, usually in blue or black. Women always face left, and men to the right. Books often bear the initials or age of the sitter, and a date.

    1830 Portrait of a Woman Holding a Flower Sprig hollow-cut silhouette head with watercolour painted body
    inscribed "Sarah Jackson - My grandmother taken when she was eighteen / just the head - the body was put on to make a more complete picture / 1829 18yrs old / Abby Elizabeth Kelly Carroll / nana's niece"
    8.9 x 6.7 cm

    1830-31 Double hollow-cut Silhouette of Mr. and Mrs. Coombs
    ink and ink wash on paper 8.9 x 14.9 cm

    1830-31c Portrait of a Woman Holding a Book
    inscribed "DW"

    1830-31c Portrait of a Woman Wearing a Blue Scarf and Holding a Book
    hollow-cut with watercolour, gouache and ink in period red-washed frame 11.1 x 7.62 cm

    1830-31c Portrait of Henrietta Wakefield wearing a Red Gown and holding a Fan
    hollow-cut with watercolour, gouache and ink 10.8 x 8.9 cm

    1830-35c ( attributed to ) Silhouette in Brilliant Teal Dress
    hollow-cut with watercolour on paper over black fabric backing 13 x 11.1 cm

    1830c Portrait of a Gentleman
    hollow-cut with watercolour and pen

    1830c Portrait of Eliza Carter in a Red Dress and Holding Flowershollow-cut with watercolour and pen

    1831 Portrait of a Woman in Holding a Book inscribed "Aged 29 1831 H.R."hollow-cut with watercolour and pen

    n.d. Portrait of a Woman holding Three Roses
    hollow-cut with watercolour and pen

    n.d. Portrait of a Woman in a Bonnet, holding a Floral Bouquethollow-cut with watercolour and pen

    n.d. Portrait of a Woman in Black with White Lace Collar and Red Ribbons, holding a Sprig of Mosshollow-cut with watercolour and pen

    Portrait of a Man Holding a Walking Canehollow-cut with watercolour and pen

    Portrait of a Gentlemanhollow-cut with watercolour and pen

    Portrait of a Woman with a Blue Dresshollow-cut with watercolour and pen 13.3 x 11.3 cm


    Silhouettes by other artists:


    1800s ( attributed to E. Howard )
    hollow-cut silhouette of a gentleman with curlicue cut-outs

    1800s ( attributed to William Chamberlain 1790-1860 )
    hollow-cut silhouette

    1800s Hollow-cut silhouette of a gentleman on black silk with watercolour body

    1838 Silhouette by James Hosley Whitcomb (1806-1849)
    inscribed "June The 5 1838, Jonathan L. Stone aged 39 Was Born The 25 1799"

    Everet Howard ( attributed to) ( 1797-1833 )
    Portrait of a Girl

    Everet Howard
    Portrait of a Gentleman inscribed "Liennel Tucker"

    James Hosley Whitcomb ( attributed to ) ( 1806-184 9)
    Silhouette of a Gentleman

    James Hosley Whitcomb (1806-1849)
    Silhouette of a Gentleman

    n.d. Hollow-cut Portrait of a Woman
    black silk with watercolour body

    W.H. Brown ( attributed to ) Elizabeth Osgood Holt
    hollow-cut silhouette10.8 x 8.2 cm

    W.H. Brown ( attributed to ) Jeremiah T. Holt
    hollow-cut silhouette 14 x 12.1 cm
    Horace Bundy (1814-1883)


    Horace Bundy was an untrained painter born in Hardwick, Vermont, 22 July 1814. He received his introduction to painting as a decorator of sleighs. In 1837, while residing in Lowell, Massachusetts, he married Louisa Lockwood. By 1841 the Bundys had moved into a house in North Springfield, Vermont, built for the couple by Louisa's father. They had eight children.


    Bundy almost always signed and dated his portraits, often including a place of execution, thereby providing a record of his travels. His itinerancy was likely as much a result of his religious calling as of his artistic one. In 1842 he converted to the Advent faith and thereafter spent an increasing amount of time preaching throughout New England. By 1850 he was painting, and certainly speaking as well, in Townshend, Vermont; Hancock, Nashua, and Fitzwilliam, New Hampshire; and Winchendon, Massachusetts. He accepted portrait commissions through at least 1859 and was listed as a painter in the 1860 census of Springfield, Vermont. In 1863 Bundy was appointed pastor of the Second Advent Church, Lakeport, New Hampshire, where he was recorded as an important leader.


    In 1883 Bundy journeyed to Jamaica, where he is reported to have executed several paintings for a wealthy planter and to have made studies of tropical scenery. He died of typhus shortly after his return to the United States in the same year.


    1830c A Gentleman with a Horn
    oil on canvas 71.1 x 59.7 cm

    1835c ( attributed to ) Portrait of a Young Girl Holding a Doll
    oil on canvas 74.9 x 61.6 cm

    1839 A Portrait of Stephen Edgell, Age 2
    oil on canvas

    1840c Portrait of a Gentleman
    oil on canvas 78.7 x 61 cm

    1840c Portrait of a Lady 
    oil on canvas 78.7 x 61 cm

    1840c ( attributed to ) Memorial Portrait of a Young Girl
    oil on canvas 53.3 x 43.2 cm

    1841 A Vermont Lawyer
    oil on canvas 111.8 x 90.3 cm
    National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

    1845 Portrait of a Ludlow, Vermont, Gentleman
    oil on canvas 71.1 x 61 cm

    1846 Portrait of a Gentleman
    oil on canvas 711.1 x 61 cm

    1848 Portrait of Ellen Delight
    oil on canvas 95.2 x 82.5 cm framed

    1849 Portrait of Abbie and Adah Clay
    oil on canvas 76.2 x 81.6 cm

    1850 Portrait of a Young Brother and Sister
    oil on canvas 84.7 x 73 cm

    1852 Girl with a Dog
    oil on canvas 91.8 x 74 cm
    Smith College of Art, Northampton, MA

    1852 Portrait of George Henry ( 1848-1937 ) and Charles Albert Whitcomb ( 1851-1935 )
    oil on canvas 74.9 x 61 cm

    1852 Portrait of Young Ellen Fairbank of Winchendon, Massachusetts
    oil on canvas 73.7 x 59.7 cm

    1854 Portrait of a Preacher, Whitehall, New York
    oil on canvas 77.5 x 63.5 cm

    1857 Portrait of a Woman in a Lace Bonnet
    oil on canvas 86.4 x 69.2 cm

    n.d. Portrait of a Young Gentleman
    85.1 x 72.4 cm

    n.d. ( attributed to ) Portrait of a Baby Girl Wearing a White Gown and Holding a Pink Rose
    oil on canvas 55.9 x 45.7 cm

    n.d. Portrait of a Lady

    n.d. Portrait of a Young Child
    oil on canvas mounted on panel 49.5 x 34.3 cm




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  • 11/30/16--06:35: American Folk Art - part 17
  • Continuing a major series on American Folk Art featuring 21 postings. Folk Art encompasses art produced by artists and ordinary folk with little or no training in the arts, and is traditionally utilitarian and decorative rather than purely aesthetic. The period I’m covering is the C18th and C19th.
    See parts 1-16 also for earlier works.

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    This is part 17 of a 21-part post on American Folk Art:


    Noah North (1809-1880)

    Noah North was a sign, ornamental, and portrait painter active in Ohio in the 1830s. He was born in 1809 in Alexander, Genessee County, New York. He was painting portraits there probably under the tutelage of Milton W. Hopkins (also featured in this post). Both were in western New York in the mid-1930s, and both headed into Ohio at about the same time.

    He was back in New York State by 1841, when he married and settled in Livingston County. From 1845 to 1847 he operated a daguerreotype studio in Mount Morris, then worked as an ornamental painter for a while. He took up farming, and died in Attica, New York in 1880.

    1830c ( attributed to: possibly by Milton W. Hopkins )
    Portrait of a Man oil on poplar panel 69.8 x 56.5 cm

    1830c ( attributed too: possibly by Milton W. Hopkins )
    Portrait of a Woman oil on poplar panel 69.8 x 56.5 cm

    1833 Portrait of a Woman
    oil on canvas 69.8 x 61 cm

    1834 Eunice Eggleston Darrow Spafford, Holley, NY
    oil on panel 71.1 x 59.7 cm

    1835-36c Gracie Beardsley Jefferson Jackman and her Daughter
     oil on panel 72.4 x 60 cm
    Flint Institute of Arts, MI

    1835-40 ( attributed to ) Portrait of a Lady
    oil on canvas 69.8 x 59 cm

    1839-36 Major J. R. Jackman
    oil on panel 71.4 x 60.3 cm
    Flint Institute of Arts, MI

    n.d. ( attributed to ) Portrait of a Woman in a Lace Cap
    graphite on paper 34.3 x 26.7 cm

    n.d. ( attributed to ) Portrait of a Woman in a Lace Cap detail

    n.d. Portrait of a Young Boy with Belted Coat
    oil on board

    n.d. Portrait of a Young Lady
    oil on canvas 71.1 x 61 cm


    Milton W. Hopkins (1789-1844)

    Milton W. Hopkins was born in 1789 in Harwinton, Connecticut. In 1800 the family moved to Clinton, New York. In 1807 he returned to Connecticut, soon marrying Abigail Pollard of Guildford. After Abigail's death in 1817, he married Almira Adkins and moved to Evans Mill, New York.
    By September 1824, when he advertised in the "Newport Patriot," Hopkins was engaged in house and sign painting supplies. The previous year he and his family had moved to Newport, renamed Albion in 1826. For a short time in 1828 he served as Captain on an Albion canal oat, but by December of that year he was in Richmond, Virginia.
    His advertisement in the Richmond "Constitutional Whig" in December 1828 indicates that he was an instructor of women in Poonah, or theorem painting, and it is probable that he also assisted a Miss Turner, who ran an academy foe drawing, penmanship, "Music, Painting on Velvet, Wood and Paper, and Fancy Work."
    Hopkins returned to Albion in the autumn of 1829, and in 1833 he advertised his services as both a teacher and a portrait painter. Although Hopkins may never have painted portraits before 1833, no earlier works have been discovered. The first documented portrait dates from that year.
    There remains much confusion between the portraiture of Hopkins and that of the better-known painter Noah North, who was active in the same geographic areas of New York State and Ohio during the same years.

    1833c Aphia Salisbury Rich and Baby Edward
    oil on wood 75.8 x 61.6 cm
    National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

    1835-36 Eliza Pixley Lacey
    oil on canvas 76.2 x 63.5 cm
    Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, NY

    1835-36 Pierrepont Edward Lacey and His Dog, Gun
    oil on canvas 106.7 x 76.5 cm
    Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, NY

    1835-40c ( attributed to ) Woman in Black Dress
     66 x 55.9 cm
    Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

    1835c Portrait of a Woman Wearing a Fancy Yellow-Ribboned Lace Bonnet
    oil on canvas 71.1 x 57.1 cm

    1835c Portrait of a Young Woman
    oil on canvas 71.7 x 57.1 cm

    n.d. ( attributed to ) Samuel Warren Holland, Aged Two Years
    66.5 x 556.1 cm
    Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

    n.d. Portrait of Marietta Ryan
    oil on board 53.3 x 44.4 cm

    Sturtevant J. Hamblin  (1817-1884)


    Sturtevant J. Hamblin, son of Almery and Sally Clark Hamblin, listed his profession as a portrait painter between 1841 and 1856. He came from a family of artisans, which included his grandfather, George Hamblin, who was a painter and glazier, his father, and his brothers Nathaniel, Joseph G., and Eli. Sturtevant's sister Rosamund married the itinerant portrait painter William Matthew Prior in 1928, and Sturtevant may have become his brother-in-law's pupil.

    Sturtevant resided for several years with the Priors; he is recorded for the first time as living "at Wm. Prior's" in 1837, the date us