Self-Portrait

  • Oliver Ingraham Lay, Self-Portrait, 1882, oil on canvas mounted on wood, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Given in memory of Charles Downing Lay and Laura Gill Lay by their children, 1967.7.2

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Oliver Ingraham Lay quietly established himself as a portrait painter and teacher in New York. When he died, his obituary in the New York Times listed only a handful of his paintings that had received attention during his lifetime. In this self-portrait, he pictured himself in his painter’s smock, the light of the studio falling softly across one side of his face and barely illuminating his eyes. It is as if Lay wanted to express the quiet nature of the career he had carved out for himself.

Title
Self-Portrait
Artist
Date
1882
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
20 x 16 1/8 in. (50.8 x 40.8 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Given in memory of Charles Downing Lay and Laura Gill Lay by their children

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas mounted on wood
Classifications
Keywords
  • Portrait male – Lay, Oliver Ingraham – self-portrait
  • Occupation – art – painter
  • Portrait male – Lay, Oliver Ingraham – bust
Object Number
1967.7.2
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