Gilbert Stuart (American, North Kingston, Rhode Island 1755–1828 Boston, Massachusetts)
Oil on canvas
30 x 24 1/2 in. (76.2 x 62.2 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1905
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 774
A native of Newport, Rhode Island, and Stuart’s first cousin, Joseph Anthony was trained as a silversmith and jeweler, his family business. Anthony moved to Philadelphia about 1783 where his trade thrived, and he married Henrietta Hillegas of that city shortly thereafter. This picture, painted in Stuart’s best English manner, fully captures the confident mood of this substantial craftsman, whose ruddy good looks and careful dress suggest success and happiness.
the sitter, died 1814; his daughter, Henrietta Hillegas Anthony (Mrs. William Patton, later Mrs. Samuel Clement), Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, died 1868; her daughter by first marriage, Rachel Patton (Mrs. James Gwin), Huntingon, Pennsylvania, died 1885; her half-sister, Elizabeth Tylee Clement, Huntingdon, Pennsylvania and Brooklyn, until 1904; with Ehrich Galleries, New York, 1904–1905