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The Children of Nathan Starr

Artist:
Ambrose Andrews (American, Stockbridge, Massachusetts 1801–1877 Palmyra, New York)
Date:
1835
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
28 3/8 x 36 1/2 in. (72.1 x 92.7 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Gift of Nina Howell Starr, in memory of Nathan Comfort Starr (1896–1981), 1987
Accession Number:
1987.404
Not on view
When Andrews, an itinerant portraitist, painted the children of Nathan Starr in Middletown, Connecticut, he went beyond the traditional “conversation piece” format to offer an intimate view of the family playing an early form of badminton called “battledore and shuttlecock” in a Greek Revival parlor, whose open doors reveal a sweeping view of the Connecticut River. In what appears to be a private narrative, the youngest child in the picture, Edward, holds a hoop in his right hand and a gaming stick in his left, pointed heavenward; his death in 1835 may have been the occasion for the group portrait.
#4569. The Children of Nathan Starr
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Inscription: [on the back at lower left]: Emily Helen Starr Aged 15yrs / Grace Ann " " [Aged] 12 " [yrs] / Frederick Barnard " " [Aged 6 " [yrs] / Edward Pomeroy " " [Aged] 3 " [yrs].
descendants of Nathan Starr; Hartford, Connecticut, art market, on consignment, 1935; Nathan Comfort Starr, Williamstown, Massachusetts, Gainesville, Florida, and New York, 1935–1981; his wife, Nina Howell Starr, New York, 1981–1987
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