Ammi Phillips (American, 1788–1865)
Oil on canvas
37 7/8 x 34 1/4 in. (96.2 x 87 cm)
Gift of Edgar William and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch, 1962 (62.256.2)
In order to facilitate his work, Phillips developed a formula for his portraits but then imaginatively individualized each one. Here, the artist's masterful design abilities are evident in the cleanly contained forms of the mother and child, enriched by the use of brilliant saturated color and careful detail. The sitters are probably from Litchfield County, Connecticut, or Dutchess County, New York.