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Hulda Martin in her 55 year

1826 Frederick Mayhew Born: Chilmark, Massachusetts 1785 Died: Cambridge, Ohio 1854 oil on canvas 26 1/8 x 22 1/4 in. (66.5 x 56.4 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson 1986.65.127 Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Hulda Martin was originally from Rehoboth, Massachusetts, in the southeastern part of the state. The portraitist, possibly Massachusetts artist Frederick Mayhew, emphasized her gentility by posing the fifty-five-year-old matron with a book. Details of Hulda’s lace, her modest jewelry, and an ornately painted chair enliven this otherwise sober portrait.

Keywords

Portrait female - Martin, Hulda - bust

painting

folk art

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

About Frederick Mayhew

Born: Chilmark, Massachusetts 1785 Died: Cambridge, Ohio 1854