Henry Inman (American, Utica, New York 1801–1846 New York)
Oil on canvas
29 3/4 x 24 3/4 in. (75.6 x 62.9 cm)
Purchase, Gift of Edgar William and Bernice Chrylser Garbisch, by exchange, 1996
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 774
Janet Halleck Drake was the daughter of the New York poet Joseph Rodman Drake and named for her father’s friend, the poet Fritz Greene Halleck. She was about seven years old when she sat for Inman, who placed her in a fanciful woodland setting. Miss Drake’s top hat is somewhat emblematic of the artist, who was known for wearing one about town. Inman exhibited the portrait in New York in 1825 and a reviewer found it “beautiful.”
The sitter's mother, Mrs. Joseph Rodman Drake; to the sitter, (later Mrs. George Colman de Kay); to her daughter, Helen de Kay (Mrs. Richard Watson Gilder); to her daughters, Rosamond Gilder and Mrs. Walter W. Palmer; by descent in family to present.