Robert Peckham (American, 17851877)
Oil on canvas; 55 1/4 x 39 in. (140.3 x 99 cm)
Gift of Edgar William and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch, 1966 (66.242.27)
Anne Elizabeth Raymond (born 1832) and Joseph Estabrook Raymond (born 1834) were the children of Elizabeth Kendall and Joseph Raymond of Royalston, Massachusetts. Their father, a businessman, was active in local affairs, serving as town selectman, assessor, clerk, and representative to the state legislature. The children both married, Anne to John Low Choate of Boston in 1860, and Joseph to Charlotte Louise Marshall of Fitchburg in 1861. Peckham's style is forceful, relying on intense, saturated color, direct gazes, and his characteristic emphasis on the delineation of the forehead and mouth. He constructs a detailed environment for the children, who are surrounded by their toys within the family parlor, a document of nineteenth-century furnishings. The work was once believed to be by the Boston artist James Harvey Young (18301918), based on its striking resemblance to an unsigned portrait, Charles L. Eaton and His Sister (Fruitlands Museums, Harvard, Massachusetts), once thought to be by Young, but now also attributed to Peckham.