You can image that most portrait artists concern with one subject at a time. This artist had a broader imagination of his assignment. Why not include the subject admiring her own portrait? How about the rest of the clan?
Discovered locally, this surprising portrait includes perhaps three generations. The grandmother has just been painted and is viewing her portrait that includes the rest of the family with the grandchild’s doll and dog. A caned neoclassic chair sits in front of the easel. The artist is holding his brush, pallet, and his paint box. Behind all is another portrait hanging on the wall.
Oil on board. Original gilt frame. It appears not to have been cleaned, has a minor curving to the board, and has minor losses to the ornate framing. Likely American, circa 1830-40’s.
H. 18.5″, w. 17″, d. 3″. $650.