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Mrs. William T. Evans and Her Son

1895 Henry O. Walker Born: Boston, Massachusetts 1843 Died: Belmont, Massachusetts 1929 oil on canvas 36 1/8 x 29 in. (91.7 x 73.8 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of William T. Evans 1915.4.1 Smithsonian American Art Museum
2nd Floor, East Wing


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This painting shows the wife and son of William Thomas Evans, a businessman and art collector who donated a large number of paintings to this museum in 1915. Henry Oliver Walker chose to portray Mrs. Evans reading a book to her son, emphasizing that she was raising the child with a classical education in literature. Light bounces off the ornate tabernacle frame, drawing us into the image and bringing out the lighter shades of paint in the figures' faces. The floral pattern in the gilded surround mimics the lively brushstrokes in the background, while the scrolls at the top echo the design of the armrest, strengthening the relationship between the image and its frame.

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Portrait female - Evans, William T., Mrs. - knee length

Portrait group - family - mother and child

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

About Henry O. Walker

Born: Boston, Massachusetts 1843 Died: Belmont, Massachusetts 1929

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