Portrait of a Connecticut Clockmaker's Wife

  • Ralph Earl, Portrait of a Connecticut Clockmaker's Wife, ca. 1800, oil on wood, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Orrin Wickersham June, 1967.136.3

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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.

Title
Portrait of a Connecticut Clockmaker's Wife
Artist
Attributed to Ralph Earl
Date
ca. 1800
Location
Dimensions
10 1/4 x 7 7/8 in. (26.0 x 20.0 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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