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Early 19th c. American Folk Art Portrait Oil Painting Women in a Blue Bonnet

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A wonderful Folk Art Portrait Oil Painting
in the early 19th c Folk Art portrait style 
many of these portraits were painted by traveling portrait painters
and they were never signed by the artist. 

The artists worked principally in the Northeast, away from urban centers; 
most spent their careers moving from place to place courting local audiences. 
Quite a few were highly trained ornamental painters. 
Almost all of them favored strong colors, broad and direct application of paint, 
patterned surfaces, generalized light, skewed scale and proportion, 
and conspicuous modeling. Most developed compositional formulas 
that allowed them to work quickly, with limited materials and in makeshift studios.

Some of the most well known primitive portraits 
were executed by members of what has become known as the Prior-Hamblen School, 
which consisted of William Matthew Prior (1806–1873), 
Sturtevant Hamblen (active 1837–1856), George Hartwell (1815–1901)
and others who painted in a similar manner.

This portrait is of an unknown woman, she is
very well dressed, with a Blue lace bonnet and cape.
She is wearing earrings and she is made up to look her best.

                    portrait size:  29 3/4"  x  23 7/8"
                    framed size:  31 1/8"  x  25 1/4"

                   Excellent age-related condition and has been professionally restored and relined.
                   Less than 10% touch-up paint.

                                 loc. F id. 250

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