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Portrait of a Connecticut Clockmaker's Wife

ca. 1800 Attributed to Ralph Earl Born: Massachusetts 1751 Died: Bolton, Connecticut 1801 oil on wood 10 1/4 x 7 7/8 in. (26.0 x 20.0 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Orrin Wickersham June 1967.136.3 Smithsonian American Art Museum
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This painting of a Connecticut clockmaker’s wife was meant to hang to the right of her husband’s portrait, preserving their images and values for subsequent generations. Ralph Earl showed her holding a book, possibly a Bible, as a sign of piety and literacy. The drapery in the background was a compositional device that the artist learned when he studied portraiture in England.

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Cityscape - Connecticut

Portrait female - unidentified

painting

paint - oil

wood

About Attributed to Ralph Earl

Born: Massachusetts 1751 Died: Bolton, Connecticut 1801

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