Tag Archives: Art Subject

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 Watson’s Insight

It’s not uncommon over the generations for family to forget the name of the person in the portrait who hung on the wall at Aunt Edna’s house for as long as anyone can remember. Auctions are littered with portraits of … Continue reading

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Bingham Portraits of Sallie Rodes Rollins

George Caleb Bingham (1811-1879) painted four portraits of Sallie Rodes Rollins (1787-1856), the mother of his best friend, James Sidney Rollins, and an amazing woman in her own right.  See Sarah Rodes Rollins for biography.   The first portrait, painted in 1834, is one … Continue reading

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How to Be Your Own Art Detective

Part Four: Subject and Style Framing an artwork in historical context through both subject and style helps to determine the artist and the date.  You probably noticed the subject of the painting before you even looked for a signature or … Continue reading

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