Father, Mother, and Child in a Park
John Christian Rauschner German
Born in Frankfurt, Germany, Rauschner came to the United States by 1799. Specializing in wax miniatures, he was based in New York, but like many portrait artists of the day, traveled extensively to other East Coast cities in search of sitters. The family in this ambitious landscape scene is unidentified. Rauschner lavishes attention on their fashionable appearance, from the hand-tinted facial features to the small pearls set in the woman’s elaborately styled hair. He includes such whimsical and wondrous details as the pet rabbit in the boy’s outstretched arms and a snail with real shell at the lower right of the composition.