The Raymond Children

Robert Peckham American

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 736

A Congregationalist deacon, Peckham became a prolific painter in central Massachusetts, catering to the demand for portraits among the rising middle class. A self-taught artist, he adopted a forthright visual approach in which he depicted many compositional details with equal emphasis. In this double portrait, siblings Anne Elizabeth and Joseph Estabrook Raymond are exquisitely dressed, standing on an in-grain carpet, and surrounded by toys in the parlor of their family’s well-appointed home. Peckham was also a noted abolitionist and painted portraits of fellow antislavery advocates, including the Quaker poet John Greenleaf.

The Raymond Children, Robert Peckham (1785–1877), Oil on canvas, American

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