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Portrait of a Woman with a Shawl

ca. 1825-1850 Erastus Salisbury Field Born: Leverett, Massachusetts 1805 Died: Plumtrees, Massachusetts 1900 oil on canvas 35 1/4 x 26 in. (89.5 x 66.0 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson 1986.65.109 Not currently on view


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Erastus Salisbury Field painted this portrait while working as a traveling portrait painter, fulfilling commissions around the Connecticut River valley. Portrait of a Woman with a Shawl is typical of Field’s plain-style portraits, with simplified forms and few shadows. Such portraits contrast with his later dreamscapes and historical and biblical scenes, which are often rich in fantastic and humorous details.

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Portrait female - unidentified - waist length

painting

folk art

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

About Erastus Salisbury Field

Born: Leverett, Massachusetts 1805 Died: Plumtrees, Massachusetts 1900

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