The Alling Children

Artist: Oliver Tarbell Eddy (1799–1868)

Date: ca. 1839

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions: 47 1/8 x 62 7/8 in. (119.7 x 159.7 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Gift of Edgar William and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch, 1966

Accession Number: 66.242.21


An engraver’s son, Eddy delineated his subjects with tight brushstrokes and delighted in rendering clothing and furnishings. Shown here are the four children of Stephen Ball Alling and Jane H. Weir of New Jersey, painted in commemoration of the death of the only boy, standing apart at the left. Eddy separated him from his sisters and bathed his feet in an eerie pool of light.