Sunday, July 31, 2011

American Artist Chester Harding 1792-1866

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Chester Harding, (American artist, 1792–1866) Rebecca Warren (Mrs John Ball Brown) 1826

Chester Harding was born in Conway, Massachusetts, the 4th of 12 children whose father, an unsuccessful inventor, found it difficult to provide for his large family. Chester Harding spent several years in the household of an aunt; and at age 12, he was hired out to help support of his family. When he was 14, his parents decided to move to the relatively unsettled area of Monroe County, New York. There he dabbled in a variety of trades--including drum-making, cabinetry, & tavern-keeping --without much success. Shortly after his marriage to Caroline Woodruff in 1815, he left New York State because of his own mounting debts. His young family joined him in Pittsburgh, where he began painting houses.


Chester Harding (American artist, 1792–1866) Elizabeth Tuckerman Salisbury

Around 1818, he was introduced to portraiture by an itinerant artist named Nelson. Largely self-taught, Harding achieved some success before moving to Kentucky, where a brother was already engaged in the portrait trade. There he felt the influence of Matthew Jouett, a slightly older artist working in the manner of Gilbert Stuart. Over the next few years, Harding painted in Kentucky, Ohio, Missouri, & Washington, D.C. He traveled to Philadelphia for 2 months of study at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts during the winter of 1819-1820. Business was good, & he received praise for a likeness of the 90-year-old Daniel Boone, which was engraved by several printmakers.


Chester Harding, (American artist, 1792–1866) Mrs Thomas Brewster Coolidge

In 1823, Harding spent 6 months in Boston, where he received an astounding reception & more commissions, than he could carry out. He later admitted that his success was due largely to his reputation as an untaught "primitive" from the frontier, a mythic status, upon which he would capitalize for several years to come. Despite his good fortune, he moved his family that year to Northampton, Massachusetts, in preparation for an anticipated trip to Europe.


Chester Harding (American artist, 1792–1866) Hannah Davis Dudley

Harding soon left for London, where he met artists Charles Robert Leslie & Sir Thomas Lawrence & temporarily adapted his tight, finished style to the looser brushwork then in fashion in Britain. He met with extremely good fortune in England, Scotland, & Ireland. Taken by his plain mannerisms & humble origins, aristocrats with a democratic bent--and even members of the royal family--commissioned their likenesses from him.


Chester Harding, (American artist, 1792–1866) Henrietta Clark

Pleased with his popularity, Harding made the decision to settle in Glasgow & sent for his family to join him there. Soon after they arrived, however, he was forced to abandon his plans & return to Boston in 1826, after a British financial panic destroyed his business.


Chester Harding (American artist, 1792–1866) Julia Webster (Mrs Samuel Appleton)

For the rest of his life, Harding's career was centered in Boston, although he made his home in Springfield, Massachusetts, beginning in 1830. He became an important & visible force in the Boston art world, largely through his ownership of a studio building that was the site of many important exhibitions. Much of each year was also spent on the road, executing portraits in New York, Louisiana, Kentucky, & points in between.


Chester Harding, (American artist, 1792–1866) Katherine Bigelow (Mrs Abbott Lawrence) 1855

In all, he is thought to have painted over 1000 portraits. After the death of his wife in 1845, he made a second, 9-month visit to Europe. Thereafter he painted less, though never giving up his brushes entirely. His interests late in life gravitated toward landscape architecture & fishing. He died in Boston in 1866.


Chester Harding, (American artist, 1792–1866) Hannah Perkins and Grandaughter


Chester Harding (American artist, 1792–1866) Mary Fulford (Mrs William Lorman)


Chester Harding, (American artist, 1792–1866) Grace (Mrs Daniel Webster) 1781-1828


Chester Harding (American artist, 1792–1866) Mrs David Stoddard Greeough III Roxbury MA


Chester Harding (American artist, 1792–1866) Mrs Kennedy


Chester Harding (American artist, 1792–1866) Mrs Quincy


Chester Harding, (American artist, 1792–1866) Elizabeth Buchanan Woodbridge 1821


Chester Harding (American artist, 1792–1866) Sarah Stanton (Mrs Joshua Blake)


Chester Harding, (American artist, 1792–1866) Chester Harding's Children


Chester Harding, (American artist, 1792–1866) Chester Harding's Children
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Saturday, July 30, 2011

Maryland Artist Lambert ? Bouche

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1799 Artist Lambert ? Bouche. Ann Ogle (Mrs. John Tayloe III) and daughters Rebecca and Henrietta. Maryland Historical Society.

When I worked at the Maryland Historical Society, one of the artists little was known about was a man named Bouche, who at the time had only one painting on display there. Since then, another painting by the same artist has been acquired. His name "Bouche" appears in an advertisement in the "Maryland Journal" for November 5, 1795, in which Bouche proposes a drawing school at his home on Harrison Street in Baltimore Town. A gentleman name Lambert Bouchu was taxed for property in Baltimore in 1800. His partner in the venture, M. de Valdenuit, had also worked with St. Memin, a portrait engraver who worked in Baltimore for a time. The art school that Bouche & de Valdenuit ran offered drawing & painting classes with flowers, landscape, & figures as subject. A Frenchwoman also offered embroidery instruction for students at the school. One of Bouche's portraits was of two sisters, Sally Scott & Anna Maria Murray, who were friends of John Hesselius' daughter. John Hesselius was an artist who also lived & worked in Baltimore. There was a Lambert Bouche family in Quebec at the beginning of the 18th-century.

1785 Artist Lambert ? Bouche. Mrs. Philip Barton Key. Maryland Historical Society.
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Friday, July 15, 2011

American Women - Hats & Hair 1780-1789

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1780 Winthrop Chandler (American artist, 1747-1790) Mrs Samuel Chandler


1783 Charles Willson Peale (American artist, 1741-1827) The Artist's Mother, Mrs. Charles Peale


1784 Joseph Wright (American artist, 1756-1793) Hannah Bloomfield Giles


1785 Matthew Pratt (American artist, 1734-1805) Charity Platt Bush (1761-88)

1785 Charles Willson Peale (American artist, 1741-1827). Mrs. James Crawford


1785 Ralph Earl (American artist, 1751-1801) Mrs. John Johnston (Martha Spear)


1785 Robert Edge Pine (American artist, 1730-1788) Mrs. Alexander Contee Hanson, Sr.


1785-90 Beardsley Limner (American artist, fl 1785-1805) Mrs Hezekiah Beardsley


1786-93 Beardsley Limner (American artist, fl 1785-1805) Harmony Child (Mrs Oliver Wright) 1765-2861

1786 Robert Edge Pine (American artist, 1730-1788) Dorcas Spear (Mrs. William Patterson)


1787 Charles Willson Peale (American artist, 1741-1827) Mary Chew (Mrs Thomas Elliott)


1787 Christian Gullager (American artist, 1759-1826) Sarah Greenleaf (Mrs Oflin Boardman)


1787 Ralph Earl (American artist, 1751-1801) Mrs Alexander Hamilton




1788 Charles Willson Peale (American artist, 1741-1827) Mrs Robert Gilmour


1788 Unknown Artist Mrs Jacob Edwards

1788 Charles Willson Peale (American artist, 1741-1827). Peggy Sanderson (Mrs. Christopher Hughes)


1788 Unknown Artist Ruth Stanley (Mrs John Mix)


1788 Ralph Earl Martha Tennent (Mrs David Rogers)

1789 Charles Willson Peale (American artist, 1741-1827) Mrs Robert Goldsborough


1789 Christian Gullager (American artist, 1759-1826) Martha Saunders (Mrs Nicholas Salisbury)


1789 Christian Gullager (American artist, 1759-1826) Elizabeth Sewall Mrs Samuel Salisbury


1789 Christian Gullager (American artist, 1759-1826) Rebecca Salisbury Mrs Daniel Waldo


1789 Ralph Earl (American artist, 1751-1801) Clarissa Seymour Mrs Truman Marsh


1789 Ralph Earl (American artist, 1751-1801) Esther Boardman


1789 Winthrop Chandler (American artist, 1747-1790) Mary Gleason Chandler (1752-89)


American Women - Hats & Hair 1790-1800



1790 Charles Willson Peale (American artist, 1741-1827) Mrs Joseph Daffin


1790 Charles Willson Peale (American artist, 1741-1827) Rachel Leeds (Mrs David Kerr)


1790 Denison Limner Probably Joseph Steward (American artist, 1753-1822) Elizabeth Denison


1790 Denison Limner Probably Joseph Steward (American artist, 1753-1822) Miss Denison of Stonington, CN possibly Matilda


1790 Denison Limner Probably Joseph Steward (American artist, 1753-1822) Mrs Elizabeth Noyes


1790 Jonathan Budington (American artist, 1766-1854). Mrs George Eliot


1790 (Mrs John Avery) Lucy Ayer


1790 Ralph Earl (American artist, 1751-1801) Mrs. William Taylor


1790 Ralph Earl (American artist, 1751-1801) Mary Smith Booth (1744-1824)


1790 Ralph Earl (American artist, 1751-1801) Mrs Benjamin Tallmadge


1790 Ralph Earl (American artist, 1751-1801) Mrs Nathaniel Taylor


1790 Reuben Moulthrop (American artist, 1763-1814) Sally Sanford (Mrs Job Perit)


1790 Rufus Hathaway (American artist, 1770 - 1822) Molly Wales Fobes


1790 Samuel King (Amerian artist, 1749-1819) Elizabeth Bowdoin Lady Temple


1790s Charles Peale Polk (American artist, 1767-1822) Susan Lawson (Mrs Andrew Buchanan)


1790s George William West (American artist, 1770-1795) Laurana Proud( Mrs John Proud)


1790s James Sharples (American artist, 1751-1811) Abigail Smith Adams


1790s John Brewster (American artist, 1766-1854) Mrs. Brewster


?? 1790s Rebecca Salisbury Waldo (Mrs. Daniel Waldo)


1791 Charles Willson Peale (American artist, 1741-1827) Mrs Francis Baily


1791 John MacKay or M'Kay (American artist, flourished 1788-1791) Hannah Ackley Bush (1767-1807)


1791 Ralph Earl (American artist, 1751-1801) Mrs John Watson


1791-92 Christian Gullager (American artist, 1759-1826) Matilda Davis Williams


1792 Charles Peale Polk (American artist, 1767-1822) Mrs Elijah Etting


1792 Gilbert Stuart (American artist, 1755-1828) Catherine Lane Barker


1792 Ralph Earl (American artist, 1751-1801) Mrs Richard Alsop


1792 Ralph Earl (American artist, 1751-1801) Mrs Wm Mosley


1792 Ralph Earl (American artist, 1751-1801) Abigail Wolcott Ellsworth


1792 Ralph Earl (American artist, 1751-1801) Mrs Joseph Wright


1793 Charles Peale Polk (American artist, 1767-1822) Emily Smiley Snowden


1793 Gilbert Stuart (American artist, 1755-1828) Catherine Brass (Mrs Richard Yates)


1794 Charles Willson Peale (American artist, 1741-1827) Mrs. Thomas Leiper


1794 James Peale (American artist, 1749-1831) Mrs. James Courtney


1794 James Peale (American artist, 1749-1831) Mrs. John Rogers (Elizabeth Rodman)


1794 Ralph Earl (American artist, 1751-1801) Mrs Charles Jeffery Smith


1795 Lucretia Tuckerman (Mrs Robert Wier)


1795 Gilbert Stuart (American artist, 1755-1828) Mrs Robert Morris


1795 Jeremiah Paul (American artist, 1775-1820) Rachel West (Mrs John Clarkson)


1795 John Brewster (American artist, 1766-1854) Mrs James Eldridge of Connecticut


1795 Joseph Steward (American artist, 1753-1822) Pamela Sedgwick 1753-1807


1795 Ralph Earl (American artist, 1751-1801) Sarah Perry (Mrs David Hubbell)


1795 William Jennys (American artist, 1774-1858) Hannah French (Mrs Asahel Bacon)


1796 Jonathan Budington 1766-1854 Portrait of Mrs George Eliot


1796 Ralph Earl (American artist, 1751-1801) (Mrs Jared Lane) Apphia Ruggles


1796 Ralph Earl (American artist, 1751-1801) Mrs. Elijha Boardman


1796 Ralph Earl (American artist, 1751-1801) Mrs. Sherman Boardman (Sarah Bostwick)


1797 Christian Gullager 1759-1826 Dorothy Lynde (Mrs Elijah Dix)


1797 Gilbert Stuart (American artist, 1755-1828) Mary Willing Clymer


1797 Richard Brunton (American artist, fl 1790-1832) Deborah Richmond


1798 Gilbert Stuart (American artist, 1755-1828) Elizabeth Corbin Griffin Gatliff & Daughter Elizabeth


1798 John Ritto Penniman (American artisst, 1782–1841) Family Group


1798 Ralph Earl (American artist, 1751-1801) Mrs. Noah Smith and Her Children


1798 Ralph Earl (American artist, 1751-1801) Mrs. Elijah Dewey (Mary Schenck)


1798 William Clarke (American painter, fl. 1785-1806) Mrs Wm Fraser


1799 Charles Peale Polk (American artist, 1767-1822) Mrs. Gerard Briscoe


1799 Charles Peale Polk (American artist, 1767-1822) Eleanor Conway Hite


1799 John Brewster Jr (American artist, 1866-1854) Lucy Knapp Mygatt 1766-1804


1799 Joshua (Johnston) Johnson (American artist, 1765-1830) Mrs John Moale Ellen North & Ellin


1800 Woman from Farmington, Connecticut


1800 Ethan Allen Greenwood (American artist, 1779-1856) Sarah Ward Brigham


1800 Gilbert Stuart (American artist, 1755-1828) Henrietta Marchant (Mrs. Robert Liston)


1800 Gilbert Stuart (American artist, 1755-1828) Mrs John Adams


1800 Richard Brunton (American artist, fl 1790-1832) Mrs Reuben Humphreys