Tag Archives: 19th century American portrait

Subject of Her Own Life: Sarah Goodridge

Artist Sarah Goodridge’s Self-Portrait at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston was simply part of some routine research.  But it gave me pause. Was this the pose and attitude of an antebellum spinster? Not like any I had seen before. … Continue reading

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Mystery of “A Descendant of David Rittenhouse”

The clue to solving the mystery of an antebellum portrait of a young woman was in the auction house description, “the subject was a relative of David Rittenhouse (1732-1796), first director of the U. S. Mint.” The name rang a … Continue reading

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Introduction The second of five family portraits in search of an artist was Woman in Red. The owner thought the subject might be Elizabeth (Eliza) Collins Lee (1768-1858). The first step toward learning the name of the artist and the subject was to find … Continue reading

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The art investigation into the life of Lilian dePeyster Post Pulsford Walker clarified why such a lovely portrait was sent to the auction block as a painting by an unknown artist, but had not revealed the artist. I returned to … Continue reading

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Jeremiah Pearson Hardy

Jeremiah Pearson Hardy (1800-1887), an American artist not well-known outside Maine, created this simple yet striking portrait of his sister Mary Ann in 1821 when she was 12 and he was 21.  He soon would leave for Boston, and later New York, … Continue reading

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The Stories Behind the Portraits: Ruth McCarty (Mrs. Ephraim Allison), 1872

  Ruth McCarty was born 7 April 1844 in Saline County,Missouri.  On 28 May 1868, at the age of 24, she married Ephraim Allison, a Confederate veteran of the Civil War.  They honeymooned at the tavern in Arrow Rock and … Continue reading

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The Stories Behind the Portraits: Judge Priestly Haggin McBride

The person who most likely gave the brooch to Mary Snell McBride that is the most popular item in the exhibition, George Caleb Bingham: Witness to History was her husband, Judge Priestly H. McBride (1796-1869).  Judge Priestly McBride was known as a fair judge. He was a … Continue reading

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The Most Popular Item…

The most popular item in the exhibition, George Caleb Bingham: Witness to History, at the Jackson County Art Museum in the Truman Courthouse in Independence, Missouri, was the original brooch worn by Mary Snell (Mrs. Priestly Haggin McBride.)  The brooch is … Continue reading

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