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Portrait of a Boy

1868 Charles T. Webber Born: Cayuga Lake, New York 1825 Died: Cincinnati, Ohio 1911 oil on canvas 18 3/8 x 16 1/4 in. (46.8 x 41.3 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Ralph A. Kreimer 1975.41.1 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 4A

Luce Center Label

Charles T. Webber worked in a Cincinnati portrait gallery where clients had the option of having their portrait painted from a photograph or from a sitting with the artist. Photographs from this period generally show the sitters posing with solemn self-consciousness for the slow-moving camera equipment. In contrast, the animation, charm and pleasant disposition that this portrait conveys suggest that Webber painted the boy from life.


Portrait male - unidentified - child


paint - oil

fabric - canvas