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Philip Slade

Ammi Phillips (1788–1865)
Oil on canvas
38 1/2 x 32 1/2 in. (97.3 x 82.6 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Edgar William and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch, 1964
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 774
Phillips began his career about 1809 as an itinerant portraitist working the Massachusetts-Connecticut border. He would settle in one particular community or another and paint portraits in that vicinity until moving on in search for more commissions. This sitter may have come from Lansingburgh or Hoosick, New York. Phillips's finest works are characterized by their radical simplicity and coloristic refinement; here his forceful design is evident in the sitter's penetrating gaze and taut linear silhouette.
Inscription: [on the back of canvas]: PHILIP SLADE / AGED 56 YEARS AD 1818
with Frederick W. Fuessenich, Litchfield, Connecticut; with The Old Print Shop, New York, by 1954; Edgar William and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch, Cambridge, Maryland, 1954–1964
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