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Mrs. Thomas Hicks

Artist:
Thomas Hicks (American, Newton, Pennsylvania 1823–1890 Trenton Falls, New York)
Date:
ca. 1884
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
46 x 29 in. (116.8 x 73.7 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Bequest of Angie King Hicks, 1917
Accession Number:
17.67
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 774
Angela D. King (1834-1917) was born in Brooklyn and became the wife of Thomas Hicks in 1855. Both she and Hicks were active in the city's artistic and literary circles. Mrs. Hicks was evidently both fascinating and popular. It is said that "Angie" inspired the poet and diplomat George H. Boker of Philadelphia to compose many sonnets to her over a period of thirty years. Her admirers also included the author and editor Parke Godwin. Hicks probably painted this portrait of his wife in 1884, the year it was exhibited at the National Academy of Design in New York.
Signature: [at lower right]: T. HICKS N.A.
the sitter, New York, until died 1917
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