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Girl of the Bangs-Phelps Family

Artist:
Erastus Salisbury Field (1805–1900)
Date:
ca. 1848
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
58 3/4 x 30 1/4 in. (149.2 x 76.8 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Gift of Edgar William and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch, 1963
Accession Number:
63.201.4
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 757
Over a fifty-year career that included early training with Samuel F. B. Morse, Field became one of the most successful itinerant painters in antebellum New England and New York State. He developed a repertoire of compositional formulas to depict the features and surroundings of his sitters, who belonged to the emerging rural middle class. Field’s portrait of a female member of the Bangs-Phelps family of Springfield, Massachusetts, presents her wearing an oversized, nicely detailed costume and holding a book in her right hand. The background is a soft gray color, with Field’s distinctive shaded halo of space encircling the skillfully modeled face and sharply parted hair.
the Phelps family, Springfield, Massachusetts, until 1956; with Peter Kostoff, Springfield, Massachusetts, 1957; Edgar William and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch, Cambridge, Maryland, 1957–1963
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