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Dating the Portrait Miniature

To determine when an artwork was created – in this case, the portrait miniature — we analyze and compare clothing and hairstyles with fashion plates, photographs and other portraits with known dates.  Surprisingly, men’s clothing is usually easier to date than women’s. Men who commission … Continue reading

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Stories Behind the Portraits: Eliza Rollins

The eldest daughter of Dr. Anthony Wayne Rollins (1783-1845) and Sarah Harris Rodes Rollins (1787-1856) was Eliza.  She was born in Richmond, Madison County, Kentucky, on February 4, 1814, two years after her brother, James Sidney Rollins (1812-1888).  In the spring of 1830, … Continue reading

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Outside the Box – John Neagle

It’s been great fun while in the midst of a project involving all antebellum portrait artists in the Ohio River Valley to spend time with the work of intriguing but sometimes slighted artists. John Neagle (1796-1865) is one.  Beyond the well-known … Continue reading

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James Sidney Rollins: Warmest Personal Friend – Part I

“From early youth to manhood’s ripened years, [they would be] the warmest personal friends, and next to their own kith and kin, each by the other has been the best beloved.”[1] So said Alban Jasper Conant, a mutual friend of both … Continue reading

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Stories Behind the Portraits: Dinah Ayers Trigg (Mrs Shubael Allen)

When Bingham painted her portrait in 1835, Dinah Ayres Trigg (1803- 1886) (Mrs. Shubael Allen), was 32 and pregnant with her eighth child. She was descended from the family of Captain William Clark. Her uncle, James Clark, was governor of Kentucky from 1836 to 1839. … Continue reading

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Another Conant?

Not long after we completed our work on Alban Jasper Conant with the Portrait of Woman of Strong Character, an art collector asked me to determine if a portrait of two children could be the lost painting, “Group, Two Young Girls,” 1839/40, by George … Continue reading

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Who Was Alban Jasper Conant?

Alban Jasper Conant, the artist of Woman of Strong Character, was a triple A polymath – an artist, an archaeologist, and an anthropologist. As an artist, he painted a president, a war hero, judges, legislators, and members of prominent families. His … Continue reading

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