Man in Yellow Chair

  • Unidentified, Man in Yellow Chair, ca. 1820, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson, 1986.65.149

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In the early nineteenth century, prosperous Americans along the eastern seaboard hired traveling artists to create their portraits in a forthright style made popular in colonial times by itinerant limners. This portrait of an unidentified gentleman follows that style, with strong lines that suggest, but don’t realistically replicate, the man’s features and the details of his costume. Most clients for such portraits lived outside the major urban centers of Boston, New York, and Philadelphia, and it is likely that this gentleman was a plantation owner of some means.

Title
Man in Yellow Chair
Artist
Date
ca. 1820
On View
Dimensions
30 x 24 1/8 in. (76.2 x 61.3 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • Portrait male – unidentified
Object Number
1986.65.149
Palette
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