Portrait of a Connecticut Clockmaker’s Wife

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.

Title
Portrait of a Connecticut Clockmaker’s Wife
Artist
Attributed to Ralph Earl
Date
ca. 1800
Location
Dimensions
10 147 78 in. (26.020.0 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Orrin Wickersham June

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on wood
Classifications
Keywords
  • Portrait female – unidentified
Object Number
1967.136.3
Palette
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