Tag Archives: Painting Research

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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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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The Stories Behind the Portraits: Dr. Anthony Wayne Rollins – Part 2

Dr. Anthony Wayne Rollins was “a remarkably fine-looking man, near six feet in height, and weighing about two hundred pounds, with a kindly and benevolent disposition, always neat in his dress, and very social, but dignified.”  After studying with Dr. … Continue reading

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The Boisseau in Ilwaco – Nathan Ball Bradley

To answer the second question posed in an earlier post: Who is the Unknown Man in the portrait painted by Alfred Boisseau in 1886 that currently hangs in Ilwaco, Washinghton, I examined a Family Bible that was with the portrait.  The marriage of … 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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The Importance of Dating

In the 1920s, an elderly woman from Liberty, Missouri, gave her niece two rolled, damaged canvases. One, she said, depicted the niece’s grandfather, James Turner Vance Thompson  (1797-1872); the other, one of his three wives. In the 19th century, it was not uncommon for a … Continue reading

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Unraveling a Mystery Part III

                  Clues to a painting’s story are often found in the marks–a signature, an old exhibition label, or a notation by a previous owner.  However, the sole mark on the verso of … Continue reading

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Unraveling a Mystery – Part II

Following the clue that the artist of the Portrait of Unknown Woman of Strong Character might be by Parisian-born Alfred Boisseau (1823-1901), we discovered two distinct styles in paintings attributed inter-changeably to Alfred Boisseau. (Sometimes the middle initial appears as … Continue reading

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