Miss Emeline Parker of Lowell, Massachusetts

Ruth Whittier Shute American
Samuel Addison Shute

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Married in 1827, Ruth and Samuel Shute were a husband-and-wife team of itinerant portrait painters working in New England and upstate New York. Although they initially painted independently, the couple collaborated on a series of oil and watercolor portraits beginning in 1832. Little is known about the sitter, who is identified only by the calling card in her right hand. An inscription on the back reveals each artist’s contribution to the work, which was “Drawn by R.W. Shute and Painted by S. A. Shute.” The couple characteristically mixed materials, combining graphite, watercolor, and applied gold foil, added here to emulate Miss Parker’s jewelry.

Miss Emeline Parker of Lowell, Massachusetts, Ruth Whittier Shute (1803–1882), Watercolor, gouache, gum arabic, graphite, and gold foil on heavy, white wove paper, American

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