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Lady with a Dog

Artist:
Mather Brown (American, Boston, Massachusetts 1761–1831 London)
Date:
1786
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
49 1/2 x 39 1/2 in. (125.7 x 100.3 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Purchase, The Bertram F. and Susie Brummer Foundation Inc. Gift, 1964
Accession Number:
64.129
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 774
The first American artist to enroll in the Royal Academy, London, Brown also studied under his compatriots Gilbert Stuart and Benjamin West. Brown remained in London for much of his career and enjoyed the peak of his success during the late 1780s, at about the time he painted this elaborate portrait. Like Copley, whose work he emulated, Brown surrounds his sitter’s sharply defined face with loosely painted clothing, props, and background effects. He was well known for his complex portrayal of fabrics, as in ample evidence here.
Signature: [at lower right]: M. Brown / 1786
unidentified owner; sale, Christie, Manson and Woods, London, 16 Jun. 1950, no. 109, sold to "James"; Sir Alec Martin, London; Mrs. Martin H. Flett, Boston, by 1963; with Vose Galleries, Boston, 1963 –1964
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