Beth has a German bisque head with a yak hair wig (see earlier entries on wigs) and blue eyes. She wears a gown of printed cotton with a flower pattern in a closed robe a la anglaise with panniers. A robe a la anglaise, unlike a robe a la francaise, was fitted to the waist in the back. Many of these robes were rather low in front, so they filled in with a dcolletage of lace or a lace ruffle fastened around the neck, almost like the 17th century neck ruffs. Panniers were worn slighter lower on the hip and extended farther out from side to side...
Created by: Gray, Ruth Lewelling
Repeating pistol. Invented by Gustav Bittner of Weipert,(Vejprty) Bohemia, about 1893. Partially checkered wooden grips, fully checkered wooden forepiece.
Elisabeth Paxton Oliver was born in Glasgow, Virginia. Because of the bias against women artists in her time, she, like S.E. Smith, used initials to conceal her gender, hoping to have her work judged on its own merits. Early in her career, she did Orientalist-style oil paintings based upon a trip to Morocco; according to family lore, one of these was selected by the jury for the Paris Salon. Later in life, Oliver moved to Tryon, North Carolina and found success with watercolor paintings of birds like the Black-Capped Chickadees, following in the footsteps of master ornithological painters John James...
Created by: Oliver, E. Paxton
After his brother Lawrence died, Thomas kept matters in the family, taking Lawrence's 4 children under his wing and marrying his widow Sarah with whom he had 9 more children, including the duo pictured here, his daughters Blanche and Rosalie. Though the neo-classical style had dominated portraiture at the beginning of the 19th century, Sully became influenced by Romanticism. Instead of the stylized, formal poses typical of neo-classicism, this portrait reveals the character of the girls, playing off the more restrained Blanche, who sits straight and gazes into the distance beyond the canvas, with the playful and bold eye contact...
Created by: Sully, Thomas
The sense of furious action and kinetic tension exhibited in this work are similar to what Remington would soon be bringing to his sculptural pieces. The subject is a young acquaintance of Remington's who was making his own acquaintance with a spirited Western bronco. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Graham F. Blandy went West as a young man, where he became the subject of this portrait of a "greenhorn" cowboy sometime between 1890 and 1900. Soon after, Blandy returned to the East, making his fortune as a prominent New York stockbroker and acquiring a large estate called "The Tuleyries" in...
Created by: Remington, Frederic
As a member of the New Hope Pennsylvania Impressionists, Walter Emerson Baum painted outdoors in the plein aire tradition of the French Impressionists, going out even in falling snow to capture the scene with immediacy and applying his pigment heavily with palette knife and brush. However, like the American Impressionists he counted himself among, he was a far more conservative painter than the admittedly radical French Impressionists who often painted the seedier side of Parisian life. Instead, Baum focused on American middle class lifestyles and icons like the church of this painting. In that, he echoed the most famous of...
Created by: Baum, Walter Emerson