Wednesday, 23 November 2016

American Folk Art - part 14

Continuing a major series on American Folk Art featuring 21 postings. Folk Art encompasses art produced by artists and ordinary folk with little or no training in the arts, and is traditionally utilitarian and decorative rather than purely aesthetic. The period I’m covering is the C18th and C19th.
See parts 1-13 also for earlier works.

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This is part 14 of a 21-part post on American Folk Art:



William Matthew Prior (1806-1873)

1825 The Artist as a Young Man: Self-Portrait
oil on canvas 79.1 x 68.4 cm
Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, NY

William Matthew Prior was one of the most complex and influential 19th-century portrait painters. He was a follower of the religious leader William Miller (who prophesied the end of the world in 1843) and was an ardent opponent of the institution of slavery in the United States. 
Prior also claimed to have clairvoyant powers that allowed him to paint portraits of departed persons he had never seen. He is best known today for the development of a price scale whereby one could buy a large quickly painted, inexpensive portrait, or a more carefully painted example for more money. 
Prior's influence on other artists was extensive; he led the Prior-Hamblin school, a group of portrait painters bound by family ties and partnerships, who painted in his style.

1829 Portrait of a Man
oil on canvas 67 x 56 cm
Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA

1830-40c Girl in Grey Dress

1833 Child with a Hammer
oil on board
New Britain Museum of American Art, CT

1835-40c Portrait of a Young Girl in a Plaid Dress Holding a Bouquet of Flowers
oil on board 35.6 cm x 43.2 cm

1835c ( attributed to ) William Whipper
oil on canvas 62.9 x 50.8 cm
Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, NY

1835c Young Girl with Blue Dress

1838c Woman with Spectacles
oil on canvas 81.3 x 71.1 cm
Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, MA

1840 ( attributed to ) Baby in Blue

1840 ( attributed to ) Schoolgirl with Doll

1840c Little Janey in Pink and White Dress
oil on canvas 61.6 x 51.4 cm
Flint Institute of Arts, Michigan

1840c Portrait of a Baby in Blue
oil on artist board 38.1 x 27.3 cm

1840c Portrait of a Man
69.8 x 55.9 cm

1840c Portrait of a Man

1840c Young Girl with Her Doll

1842 Portrait of a Boy with a Bow Tie
oil on board 35.9 x 26 cm
Inscribed "Painted by Wm M. Prior-of Boston. formerly of Portland Me.-Painted in Lynn Mass-March 12 1842."

1842c Portrait of a Child with Long Blonde Hair
oil on paper board43.2 x 29.8 cm

1843 Nancy Lawson
oil on canvas 76.2 x 63.5 cm
Shelburne Museum, VT

1843 William Allen
oil on canvas 81.9 x 101.9 cm
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

1844 Mr. G. Brightman
oil on cardboard 36.2 x 26 cm
Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, NY

1844 Mrs. G. Brightman
oil on cardboard 36.2 x 26 cm
Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, NY

1845-50c ( attributed to ) Mr. George Dresser of Plainville, Connecticut
oil on canvas 76.3 x 63.5 cm
Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, NJ

1845-50c ( attributed to ) Mrs. George Dresser of Plainville, Connecticut
oil on canvas 76.5 x 65 cm
Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, NJ

1845-55 ( attributed to ) Portrait of a Man in a Hat
oil on canvas 68.6 x 55.9 cm
Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, NY

1845c Baby in Blue
oil on paper mounted on wood 60.3 x 43.2 cm
National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

1845c Boy with a Dog

1845c Boy with a Rattle

1845c Boy with Toy Horse and Wagon
oil on canvas 77 x 63.7 cm
National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

1845c Isaac Josiah and William Mulford Hand
oil on canvas mounted on hardboard 75.6 x 65.1 cm
de Young/Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, CA

1845c Young Girl in a Black Dress

1846 Eliza C. Allen

1846-73c Child with Straw Hat
oil on canvas 76.5 x 60.5 cm
National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

1846c Nat Todd
oil on artist board 41.3 x 30.1 cm
Private Collection

1848 Child in Blue with Dog, probably East Boston, MA
oil on canvas 90.5 x 71.1 cm
Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, NY

1848 Portrait of a Boy in a Red Dress with His Toy Wagon
oil on canvas 74.9 x 64.1 cm

1848 Portrait of a Young Girl in a Pink Dress Holding Roses
oil on canvas 56.5 x 41.3 cm

1848 Portrait of Mary Lewis
oil on canvas 66 x 54 cm

1848c Portrait of a Boy Holding a Riding Whip
oil on artist board 35.6 x 25.4 cm

1850 Little Miss Fairfield
oil on canvas 61 x 50.9 cm
National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

1850 Master Cleeves
aqueous medium on cardboard 41.3 x 30.3 cm
National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

1850-60c Landscape
oil on canvas 51.4 x 65.4
Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, NY

1850c ( attributed to )
Portrait of a Young Woman
76.2 x 63.5 cm

1850c ( attributed to ) Man with Gold Pencil
oil on canvas 69.1 x 56.6 cm
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

1850c ( attributed to ) Woman with Gold Necklace
oil on canvas 69 x 56.5 cm
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

1850c Mr Dudley
oil on canvas 89.2 x 76.8 cm
Detroit Institute of Arts, MI

1850c Portrait of Ardelle Clementine Taylor
oil on paperboard 36.8 x 26.7 cm

1851 "The House That Jack Built," Manor by the Sea
oil on artist board 48.9 x 58.4 cm

1851 Portrait of Two Children with a Dove
inscribed "Two of David's Children...by W.M. Prior-Boston MA- June 1851" on the reverse
oil on canvas 58.4 x 68.6 cm

1852 ( attributed to ) Young Girl in a Blue Dress

1853c Portrait of Alice Whitman Pickett, Age 2 Years 6 Months
 oil on canvas 81.3 x 61 cm

1854 The Burnish Sisters
oil on canvas 90.2 x 101.8 cm
The National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

1854 Three Sisters of the Copeland Family
oil on canvas 68.3 x 92.7 cm
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

1860-73c ( attributed to ) Abraham Lincoln
reverse painting on oil on glass 59.7 x 43.8 cm
Folk Art Museum, New York City

1860c George Washington
reverse painting on glass
de Young / Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, CA

n.d. ( attributed to ) Portrait of a Student
oil on canvas 60.3 x 50.2 cm

n.d. ( attributed to ) Portrait of a Woman in a Green Dress
oil on artist board 34.3 x 24.1 cm

n.d. ( attributed to ) Laura Ann Wood aged 9 and Mary Ellen Wood aged 7

n.d. Portrait of a Baby Wearing a White Dress
oil on artist board 36.2 x 26 cm

n.d. Portrait of a Bearded Young Man
oil on canvas 34.3 x 24.8 cm

n.d. Portrait of a Child in a Blue Dress Holding a Riding Crop
oil on board 34.3 x 24.8 cm

n.d. Portrait of a Child in a Red Dress Holding a Floral Sprig
oil on board 30.5 x 24.8 cm

n.d. Portrait of a Girl in a Salmon-coloured Dress Holding a Book
oil on card 35.6 x 25.4 cm

n.d. Portrait of a Man with an Earring in Front of a Window
oil on canvas 68.6 x 55.9 cm

n.d. Portrait of a Woman in a Gown with Lace Collar and Gold Pendant
oil on artist board44.4 x 34.3 cm

n.d. Portrait of a Woman with a White Bonnet
oil on board 34.3 x 23.6 cm

n.d. Portrait of a Young Girl

n.d. Portrait of a Young Woman in a Black Dress in Front of a Window
oil on card 36.2 x 26.7 cm

n.d. Portrait of Ruth Nickerson
oil on artist board 35.9 x 25.4 cm

n.d. Woman with a Brooch



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