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Miss Emeline Parker of Lowell, Massachusetts

Ruth Whittier Shute (1803–1882)
Samuel Addison Shute (1803–1836)
Watercolor, gouache, gum arabic, graphite, and gold foil on heavy, white wove paper
23 5/8 x 18 5/8 in. (60 x 47.3 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Edgar William and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch, 1966
Accession Number:
Not on view
Married in 1827, Ruth and Samuel Shute were a husband-and-wife team of itinerant portrait painters working in New England and upstate New York. Although they initially painted independently, the couple collaborated on a series of oil and watercolor portraits beginning in 1832. Little is known about the sitter, who is identified only by the calling card in her right hand. An inscription on the back reveals each artist’s contribution to the work, which was “Drawn by R.W. Shute and Painted by S. A. Shute.” The couple characteristically mixed materials, combining graphite, watercolor, and applied gold foil, added here to emulate Miss Parker’s jewelry.
Inscription: Inscribed at lower center of image on calling card: Westford [in a semicircle] Miss Emeline Parker / Lowell / Mass
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