Monday, December 5, 2011

Ohio Portrait & Genre Painter Allen Smith Jr 1810–1890



Allen Smith Jr (American artist, 1810–1890) The Artist's Mother


New York-trained artist, Allen Smith, Jr. settled in Cleveland, Ohio in 1841, having been in New York City from 1930, and swiftly rose to prominence there as a portrait & genre painter.


Allen Smith Jr (American artist, 1810–1890) The Young Mechanic


Like all artists, Smith suffered greatly during the Panic of 1857, forcing him to take a job in James F. Ryder’s studio where, according to his employer’s advertisements, he produced the “best oil painted photographs in Ohio.”


Allen Smith Jr (American artist, 1810–1890) A Lady


With 8 children to support, Smith collaborated with other photographers in times of need, both in Cleveland & Cincinnati, but ended his days happily in Ohio's Lake County, painting landscapes in the Big Creek Valley.

Okay, just one more boy & his dog before I sign off. This dog has a little bird in his paws...

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Moses B Russell (Ameican artist, 1809-1884) Nathaniel B Fessenden Boston 1850
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The Lovely Portraits of American Samuel Waldo 1783-1861 & the mystery over who painted them

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Samuel Lovett Waldo (American artist, 1783-1861) Elizabeth Mary Huntington Griswold


American portrait painter, Samuel Waldo was born in Windham, Connecticut into a family who recognized & encouraged their son's artistic talent. At age 16, he left home to study art in Hartford with Joseph Steward, a retired minister who painted portraits. Waldo did some sign painting at first & then opened a portrait studio in Hartford. He met John Rutledge of South Carolina, who invited him down to paint commission portraits. He was so successful in the South, that the profits from this sojourn financed 3 years of study in England with expatriates Benjamin West & John Singleton Copley. Under West, he worked with other American artists in England at the time.


Samuel Lovett Waldo (American artist, 1783-1861) Mrs Samuel L Waldo detail 1826


By 1809, he had returned to the US & settled in New York, where he encouraged a strong American Academy of Fine Arts. Because of his early connections to the state, he also exhibited with the South Carolina Academy of Fine Arts. Many of his portrait subjects were prominent New Yorkers from the emerging merchant class. From 1820 to 1854, he worked with an apprentice, William Jewett, (c 1792-1874) in a highly successful portrait painting partnership until Jewitt's retirement. Because no portraits survive that can be attributed directly to William Jewett, some believe that Jewett’s contributions to their joint efforts were limited to painting draperies, accessories, & backgrounds. However, Jewett’s portrait style may have so resembled that of Waldo, his teacher, that they may have been able to work on the likeness together without much difference being apparent in the resulting images. Some think that Waldo did the overall design & executed the heads & hands. Many attribute portraits between 1820-1854 to both artists.


Samuel Lovett Waldo (American artist, 1783-1861) Lucinda Mack


Samuel Lovett Waldo (American artist, 1783-1861) Abigail Avery van Zandt


Samuel Lovett Waldo (American artist, 1783-1861) Abigail Louise Smith Tallmadge 1833


Samuel Lovett Waldo (American artist, 1783-1861) Electra Barrell (Mrs Sampson Wilder) 1823


Samuel Lovett Waldo (American artist, 1783-1861) detail Susan Carrington (Mrs Najah Taylor) 1831


Samuel Lovett Waldo (American artist, 1783-1861) Marie Underhill Van Zandt


Samuel Lovett Waldo (American artist, 1783-1861) Mrs Nathan Bunton (Charlotte Pomeroy)


Samuel Lovett Waldo (American artist, 1783-1861) Deliverance Mapes Waldo and her son 1830


Samuel Lovett Waldo (American artist, 1783-1861) Mrs C V Lindsley 1844


Samuel Lovett Waldo (American artist, 1783-1861) Mrs James K Bogert Jr.


Samuel Lovett Waldo (American artist, 1783-1861) Mrs Stephen Allen


Samuel Lovett Waldo (American artist, 1783-1861) Elizabeth Kolyer Harper


Samuel Lovett Waldo (American artist, 1783-1861) Maria Clarissa Leavitt


Samuel Lovett Waldo (American artist, 1783-1861) Mrs Edward Kellogg


Samuel Lovett Waldo (American artist, 1783-1861) Mrs Sackett


Samuel Lovett Waldo (American artist, 1783-1861) The Knapp Children


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Tea Time in 18th-century Massachusetts

Creamware Tea Pot from Leeds c 1780

In America during the 18th century, young & the old from all levels of society occasionally spent their leisure time taking tea together.

Elizabeth Fuller (1775-1856) was 14 years-old, when she started keeping a diary. She made regular entries from October 1790 through December 1792, while living with her family on a farm in Princeton, Massachusetts.

Unmarried young women in rural New England, often spent their days at home engaged primarily in textile production for both their own family's use & to trade for other items. In her diary, Elizabeth Fuller writes of washing, carding, & spinning wool, while assisting with everyday chores such as making cheese & cooking.

Dec 1, 1790 I went to Mr. Perry’s to make a visit this afternoon, had an excellent dish of tea and a shortcake. — Betsey Whitcomb at work there. Had a sociable afternoon.

May 8, 1791 — Sabbath. I went to church A.M. Mr. Thurston preached. Mr. John Rolph & his Lady & Mr. Osburn her Brother & a Miss Anna Strong (a Lady courted by said Osbourn) came here after Meeting and drank Tea.

To learn more about the difficult life of this 14-year-old farm girl in New England go to the 18th-Century American Women blog

Chelsea Fable Tea Pot, C.1752-3. Painted by Jeffreys Hamett O'Neal. Aesop's Fable of "The Goat In The Well."

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