Tag Archives: American Portrait Research

The Mysterious Mrs. Arundel(s)

A signed and notarized letter dictated by the subject’s granddaughter had been passed down through a family. It began, “Portrait by Sully.” But a Christie’s appraiser and staff at two different Manhattan, New York, galleries said Thomas Sully (1783-1872) was not the artist. They offered no … Continue reading

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Provenance Research: Elizabeth A. Brook Weed (Mrs. Robert J. Arundel) Portrait

Provenance research revealed that though the letter of attribution contained many errors, the portrait of Elizabeth Weed Arundel descended impeccably within two families. The attribution of the artist of the portrait to Thomas Sully, however, is questionable. The next step to determining the actual artist was Connoisseurship. Continue reading

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Albert Bierstadt and a British Physicist

When Fine Art Investigations celebrated the birth of Albert Bierstadt (1830-1902) on January 7, we learned that the subject of one of  his few, if not only, extant portrait by Albert Bierstadt was of John Tyndall (1820-1893) .  Tyndall was a physicist and Darwinian … Continue reading

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Memory is a Fickle Fashionista: A Lost Lincoln Portrait and a Forgotten Artist – Part 3

The story behind H. Stanley Todd‘s lost Lincoln portrait: The current owner found the Abraham Lincoln painting in storage when he purchased a building in Brooklyn, New York, in the early 1990s. He left it in storage for 20 years, where it … Continue reading

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Memory is a Fickle Fashionista: A Lost Lincoln Portrait and A Forgotten Artist – Part 2

Why was artist H. Stanley Todd forgotten? The artist was forgotten because Memory is a fickle fashionista. When Henry Stanley Todd (1871-1941) sought artistic training, he chose the best school in the world, the Académie Julian in Paris. Leading the school was the … Continue reading

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Memory is a Fickle Fashionista: A Lost Lincoln Portrait and A Forgotten Artist – Part 1

Here is a detail of a recently re-discovered portrait of Abraham Lincoln: and in full view: Todd – Lincoln Signature and Date EnhancedDespite dings and decades of surface dirt, the beauty of the portrait is evident.  The artist, “Todd”,  was … Continue reading

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Finding the Artist of the Portrait Miniature – Part I

In an earlier blog we dated the portrait miniature Summer 1840- 1842.  The next question in finding the artist of the portrait miniature is: where? Hundreds of artists painted portraits in the United States during those years.  How could we narrow down the … Continue reading

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