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John and Louisa Stock

Artist:
Joseph Whiting Stock (1815–1855)
Date:
1845
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
50 1/4 x 40 in. (127.6 x 101.6 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Gift of Edgar William and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch, 1966
Accession Number:
66.242.19
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 757
As a prolific itinerant portraitist in the Connecticut River valley, Stock kept a journal of his daily activities, recording that he painted more than nine hundred works between 1832 and 1846. From the age of eleven, Stock was paralyzed from the waist down. He was able to travel in later years with the aid of a specially designed wheelchair. The children seen here are thought to be those of the artist’s younger brother, Isaac C. Stock, and sister-in-law, Sarah Hunt Stock, of Springfield, Massachusetts. Painting his subjects at full length, the artist employed colorful props in a detailed interior containing flat, abstract elements that are appealing to the modern eye.
with Meredith Galleries, New York, by 1946; with Robert Ray III, New York, by 1949; Edgar William and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch, Cambridge, Maryland, 1949–1966
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