Tag Archives: Portrait Research

Stories Behind the Portraits: Frances Booker George

Portrait If you are already familiar with the portraits of George Caleb Bingham, especially Mary Ann Gilliss (Mrs. Benoist Troost) at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri, then you know at first glance that George Caleb Bingham … 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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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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John White Alexander (1855-1915)

He was an orphan, and at the age of 12, a drop-out working as telegram delivery boy in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The company president, Edward J. Allen, encouraged him to return to school. Alexander graduated and moved to New York in 1874, where … Continue reading

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Discovering History through Art: A British Portrait

Introduction Fine Art Investigations evolved from the belief that art connects us to the truth better than the written word. Discovering history through art is the passion; identifying portrait artists is the by-product. A while ago, I had the opportunity … 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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