Tuesday, November 12, 2013

American Folk Art - John Denny Conner 1820-1884


John Denny Conner (1820-1884) Josephine Conner 3 months Fulton County IL 1846


One of my favorite 19th-century babies!  The portrait's hand-written label reads,  "Portrait of Josephine Conner, Life size, at age of three months. Painted by her father, John Denny Conner, at Bloomington, Ill, in the summer of 1846. Josephine Conner, only child of John D. and Minerva Conner, was born June 25, 1846. Died September 9, 1886. Age 40 yrs, . 2 mos. 15 days."

John Denny Carter was born in 1820 in Delaware to John Allee Conner (1789-1863) and his wife Mary Snow Denny (1798-1867). The family left Smyrna, Delaware, for Ohio, and finally settled in Fulton, Illinois.  John married Mary Alice Fell; and after her death, he married Minerva A. Smith (1823-1856) in February of 1846.  Josephine was their only child.


American Folk Art - Asahel Lynde Powers 1813-1843



Asahel Lynde Powers (American painter, 1813-1843) Eliza Ann Farrar

Asahel Lynde Powers was born on February 23, 1813, in Springfield, Vermont, to Asahel Powers II & his wife Sophia L. Lynde & was the oldest of 9 children.

Asahel Lynde Powers (American painter, 1813-1843) Azuba Allen Carpenter, Wife of Dr. Henry Gray

He became an itinerant folk portraitist who traveled across the country from Vermont, to upper New York state, through Ohio & Indiana, to Illinois, leaving portraits in many communities. He began painting commissions at about age 18 & traveled in the Northeast states.

Asahel Lynde Powers (American painter, 1813-1843) Mrs Patrick Henry, Dorothea Dandridge 1826 (This painting at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts confuses me. Asahel L Powers was born on February 23, 1813; which would make him 13, when he painted this, if the date is correct. And, Dorothea Spotswood Dandridge, the 2nd wife of Patrick Henry, was born in 1757, in Hanover County, Virginia, and died in Charlotte County, Virginia in 1831. How would a very young Springfield, Vermont, painter come to paint her portrait? And this painting is on canvas, although it is reported that Powers did not switch from board to canvas, until the 1830s.)

He painted his early, very decorative portraits on wood panels; but by the 1830s, when he was traveling farther, he switched to canvas which was easier to carry. Powers would have only been 20 in 1833.  From 1835 to 1837, Powers entered into a business partnership with a Mr. Rice, probably the bookseller, writer, and publisher Daniel Rice of Springfield. The nature of the partnership is not known, although several portraits from this period are inscribed “Powers & Rice.”

Asahel Lynde Powers (American painter, 1813-1843) Portrait of Albert and Julius 1838 Brothers with a Rattle and a Riding Crop

From 1839-1841, he worked in Clinton & Franklin counties in upstate New York. In New York, he gave art lessons as well as painted portraits. Daniel Folger Bigelow (1823-1910) stated that he received his first art instruction from Powers, to whom he gave credit for his own "delicacy of coloring and treatrment."

Asahel Lynde Powers (American painter, 1813-1843) Hannah Fisher Stedman, 1833

He was painting in Olney, Illinois, where a contingent of his family had settled during the 1840s, when he died in 1843, at the age of 30. At the time, Powers' wife, Elizabeth, was living in Clinton, New York, where she was involved in making an 1844 inventory of his possessions after his death.

Asahel Lynde Powers (American painter, 1813-1843) Louisa Griswold Field



Asahel Lynde Powers (American painter, 1813-1843) Signed Portrait of a Woman of Springfield



Attributed to Asahel Lynde Powers (American painter, 1813-1843) Woman Wearing a Golden Brown Dress and Gold Jewelry.



Asahel Lynde Powers (American painter, 1813-1843) Charles Mortimer French



Asahel Lynde Powers (American painter, 1813-1843) Possibly Mrs. William Sheldon, c. 1831


American Folk Art - Erastus Salisbury Field 1805-1900


Erastus Salisbury Field (American artist, 1805-1900) Maryette Field Marsh 1836

Erastus Salisbury Field was born in Leverett, Massachusettes in 1805 and died there in 1900. He studied with Samuel F. B. Morse in New York, during the winter of 1824-5. I am always impressed by his glorious bonnets & books.  I am also fascinated by the fact that many of his women are wearing the same hairstyle and look very much alike, & they are not all named Peck.

Erastus Salisbury Field (American artist, 1805-1900) Mrs Dyer, from Somerville, MA.

On his return to Leverett, he painted his earliest known work, a portrait of his grandmother Elizabeth Billings Ashley. He began his career as an itinerant portrait painter in 1826, with most of his commissions coming through a network of family associations in western Massachusetts and Connecticut.

Erastus Salisbury Field (American artist, 1805-1900) Sophia Sanford Johnson 1835

His portraits between 1836-40 are considered his best by those who know about those things. From 1841, he lived mainly in New York, where he expanded his subject-matter to include landscapes and American history pictures.

Erastus Salisbury Field (American artist, 1805-1900) Susan Cowee Doty Joslin from Wesminister MA.


Erastus Salisbury Field (American artist, 1805-1900) Julia Ann Adams Peck 1843


Erastus Salisbury Field (American artist, 1805-1900) Lauriette Ashley Adams Peck 1843


Erastus Salisbury Field (American artist, 1805-1900) Lady Holding Sheet Music


Erastus Salisbury Field (American artist, 1805-1900) Mrs Pearce 1835


Erastus Salisbury Field (American artist, 1805-1900) Elizabeth Bullings Ashley


Erastus Salisbury Field (American artist, 1805-1900) Lady of Squire Williams House


Erastus Salisbury Field (American artist, 1805-1900) Lady with a Yellow Ribbon


Erastus Salisbury Field (American artist, 1805-1900) Mrs. Harlow A. Pease, c 1837


Erastus Salisbury Field (American artist, 1805-1900) Mrs. Paul Smith Palmer and Her Twins, c 1835


Erastus Salisbury Field (American artist, 1805-1900) Persis Russell Montague (1765-1851) c 1836


Erastus Salisbury Field (American artist, 1805-1900) Portrait of a Woman 1833


Erastus Salisbury Field (American artist, 1805-1900) Portrait of a Woman said to be Clarissa Gallond Cook c 1838  (Love the background in this one)


Erastus Salisbury Field (American artist, 1805-1900) Wife of Man with Vial, c 1827


Erastus Salisbury Field (American artist, 1805-1900) Woman Holding a Book, c. 1835


Erastus Salisbury Field (American artist, 1805-1900) Woman with Green Book c 1836


Erastus Salisbury Field (American artist, 1805-1900)



Erastus Salisbury Field (American artist, 1805-1900), Thankful Field, Sunderland, Mass., 1835.


Fashion! - Angelica Kauffman 1741-1807 paints women in Turquerie & Neoclassical costumes


Maria Anna Angelica Katharina Kauffman (Swiss-Austrian artist, 1741-1807) Lady in Turkish dress,c. 1780


 Maria Anna Angelica Katharina Kauffman (Swiss-Austrian artist, 1741-1807) Portrait of Mary Walsh Mrs Clavering c 1780


Maria Anna Angelica Katharina Kauffman (Swiss-Austrian artist, 1741-1807) Portrait of a Lady c 1780


Maria Anna Angelica Katharina Kauffman (Swiss-Austrian artist, 1741-1807) Portrait of the Duchess of Courland Anna Charlotta Dorothea Medem 1785


Maria Anna Angelica Katharina Kauffman (Swiss-Austrian artist, 1741-1807) Portrait of Mme Latouche


Maria Anna Angelica Katharina Kauffman (Swiss-Austrian artist, 1741-1807) Woman as Vestal Virgin


Maria Anna Angelica Katharina Kauffman (Swiss-Austrian artist, 1741-1807) Portrait of Maria Carolina of Austria 1782


Maria Anna Angelica Katharina Kauffman (Swiss-Austrian artist, 1741-1807) Louisa Leveson Gower 1767


Maria Anna Angelica Katharina Kauffman (Swiss-Austrian artist, 1741-1807) Juliane von Kr├╝dener (1764-1824) und ihr Sohn Paul 1784


Maria Anna Angelica Katharina Kauffman (Swiss-Austrian artist, 1741-1807) Anne Loudoun Lady Henderson of Fordell 1771


Maria Anna Angelica Katharina Kauffman (Swiss-Austrian artist, 1741-1807) Portrait of a Lady 1775


Maria Anna Angelica Katharina Kauffman (Swiss-Austrian artist, 1741-1807) Theresa Robinson Parker, c 1780