Gift of Edgar William and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch, 1957
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 754
One of the most talented artists of the Connecticut school, Moulthrop must have acquired his obvious knowledge of English portraiture by studying books and prints. His exaggerated portrayal of Mrs. Perit's coiffure and headdress is in keeping with similar images in contemporary fashion plates. He may also have studied paintings by Ralph Earl, whose works can also be seen in the Museum's collection.
Signature: [on the back before relining]: Sally Perit AEtat. 29. / A.D. 1790 Ruben Molthrop, Pinxit
Ralph W. Thomas, New Haven, Connecticut, by 1957; Edgar William and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch, Cambridge, Maryland, 1957–1965