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Portrait of a Young Woman

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Erastus Salisbury Field, Portrait of a Young Woman, ca. 1830, oil on canvas, Museum Purchase: Helen Thurston Ayer Fund, public domain, 40.44

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Title

Portrait of a Young Woman

Artist

Erastus Salisbury Field (American, 1805-1900)

Date

ca. 1830

Medium

oil on canvas

Dimensions (H x W x D)

35 1/4 in x 28 1/2 in

Collection Area

American Art

Category

Paintings

Object Type

painting

Culture

American

Credit Line

Museum Purchase: Helen Thurston Ayer Fund

Accession Number

40.44

Copyright

public domain

Terms

canvas

Conversations About Art

oil paint

oil paintings

paintings

portraits

Location

Belluschi Building

Hirsch Wing

2nd Floor

Janet and Richard Geary Gallery

Description

Field studied briefly with Samuel F.B. Morse in New York and went on to develop a career as an itinerant portrait painter through commissions from a network of family associations in western Massachusetts and Connecticut. He eventually expanded his subject matter to include landscape, biblical, and American historical and patriotic subjects, and even took up the new medium of photography. After 1841, his portraits were copies of his daguerreotypes, and lacked the expressive characterization and decorative power of Portrait of a Young Woman, from his earlier body of work in Connecticut.

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