Faces of a New Nation American Portraits of the 18th and by Carrie Rebora Barratt, Joan Holt, Philippe de Montebello

By Carrie Rebora Barratt, Joan Holt, Philippe de Montebello

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HEALY (I813-I894) WhiteVanRensselaer, I842 Euphemia Oil on canvas, 45 3/4 x 35 /4 in. 102) 52 TheartistlavishedattentiononMiss Van velvet Rensselaer's blackvelvet jacket,satin-lined Sheis at stole,watered-silk skirt,andstylishbonnet. theheightoffashion. 38. CHARLES CROMWELL INGHAM (born in Ireland, 1796-1863) TheFlowerGirl, 1846 Oil on canvas, 36 x 287/8 in. 1) in Americaof a Oneof theearliestportrayals thispicturewasprobably streetvendor, painted pieceto displayhis bytheartistas an exhibition talentsas aportraitandflowerpainter.

The arrayof fauna carried contemporary connotationsof beauty,discipline,poise, and loyalty, in short,the precisevirtuessoughtin a bride. The perfectionof ruralderivationsof highstyle Europeanportraituremight also have been the fate of JohnVanderlyn(1775-1852), grandsonof Pieter mentionedabove,if that had suitedhis temperament. Since there wereno classicalstatuesavailablein the vicinity, he drewthose figuresfromprintsafterCharlesLe Brun's Passions(published I702). He not only arrangedfor him to studywith Stuartin Philadelphiabut also sent him to Paris,thus makingVanderlynthe firstAmerican painterto pursueforeignstudiesoutsideof England.

30 "appallingto the painter"William T Whitley, GilbertStuart (1932), p. 98. p. 58 "makingfaces"quotedin William ofthe Dunlap,HistoryoftheRiseandProgress Arts of Design,vol. I (1834), pp. 189-90. p. 45 "gentlemannerof QueenVictoria" Thomas Sully'sJournal,entryfor March22, 1838 (HistoricalSocietyof Pennsylvania, Philadelphia). p. 46 "you require, Mr. " Sully's Journal, entry for March 22, I838. "In Art and theEmpireCity: New York1825-I861, edited by CatherineHooverVoorsangerandJohnK. Howat,pp. cat.

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