Art/ Collection/ Collection/ Art Object

The Williamson Family

John Mix Stanley (American, Canandaigua, New York 1814–1872 Detroit, Michigan)
ca. 1841–42
Oil on canvas
27 x 22 in. (68.6 x 55.9 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of George H. Danforth, III, 1976
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 774
Stanley is perhaps best known for his depictions of Native Americans whom he painted while travelling out west during the 1840s and 50s. Yet throughout his career he relied on portraiture as his mainstay. Here Stanley depicts the Williamsons, a New York merchant, his wife, and their eldest son, in the comfort of their parlor. While the composition relies on conventional schemes, Stanley has taken care to depict the family’s actual surroundings and possessions that suggest their status. This attention to interior detail as well as the meticulous delineation of figures are characteristic of Stanley’s painting style.
James Abeel Williamson, New York and Wyoming, New Jersey, died 1897; his son, John Q. Aymar Williamson, Jersey City, New Jersey, died 1917, his grandsons [sons of Elizabeth H. Williamson Danforth, New York], Nicholas Williamson Danforth and George H. Danforth, III, New York, until 1976
Related Objects

Jim Conner (from McGuire Scrapbook)

Artist: Attributed to John Mix Stanley (American, Canandaigua, New York 1814–1872 Detroit, Michigan) Date: 1843 Medium: Graphite on off-white wove paper Accession: 26.216.2 On view in:Not on view

Apple Blossoms

Artist: Charles Caryl Coleman (American, Buffalo, New York 1840–1928 Capri, Italy) Date: 1889 Medium: Oil on canvas Accession: 1996.102 On view in:Gallery 746

Arrangement in Flesh Colour and Black: Portrait of Theodore Duret

Artist: James McNeill Whistler (American, Lowell, Massachusetts 1834–1903 London) Date: 1883 Medium: Oil on canvas Accession: 13.20 On view in:Gallery 771

Panoramic View of the Palace and Gardens of Versailles

Artist: John Vanderlyn (American, Kingston, New York 1775–1852 Kingston, New York) Date: 1818–19 Medium: Oil on canvas Accession: 52.184 On view in:Gallery 735