Saturday, November 9, 2013

American Folk Art - Zedekiah Belknap 1781-1858


Zedekiah Belknap (American artist, 1781-1858) Hannah Beaman Thomas (1774-1855), 1836

I am not convinced, that all of these paintings are by the same hand; but they are each attributed to Belknap by one source or another.  And I do believe that they are worth taking a look at.

Zedekiah Belknap was an itinerant portrait painter born in Auburn, Massachusettees, who grew up and was buried in Weathersfield, Vermont. He was born into a family of farmers and was the only one to attend college, graduating from Dartmouth with a divinity degree in 1807.

1833 Zedekiah Belknap (American artist, 1781-1858) Isobel Mason.

He served as a chaplain in the War of 1812 in Lt. Col Elnathan Sherwin's Regiment from Waterville, Maine. He may have combined circuit preaching with painting portraits of residents of towns & villages in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, and Vermont. He his first known portraits coincide with the year of his Dartmouth graduation, and he continued to paint until at least 1848.

1815 Zedekiah Belknap (American artist, 1781-1858) Mrs. Thomas Harrison


Zedekiah Belknap (American artist, 1781-1858) Portrait of a Woman



Zedekiah Belknap (American artist, 1781-1858) New England Girl Holding Squeek Toy with Cat c 1830


Zedekiah Belknap (American artist, 1781-1858) Portrait of a Woman


Zedekiah Belknap (American artist, 1781-1858) Woman in Red



Zedekiah Belknap (American artist, 1781-1858) Girl with Cat



Zedekiah Belknap (American artist, 1781-1858)Two Children with a Basket of Fruit c 1825



Zedekiah Belknap (American artist, 1781-1858) Child in White with Doll


Zedekiah Belknap (American artist, 1781-1858) The Farley Children



Zedekiah Belknap (American artist, 1781-1858) Portrait of a Woman



Zedekiah Belknap (American artist, 1781-1858) Dorman Theodore Warren of Townsend, MA c 1829


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