Jeptha Homer Wade (American, 1811-1890)
Oil on canvas, Framed: 87 x 71.8 x 5.7 cm (34 1/4 x 28 1/4 x 2 1/4 in.); Unframed: 76.5 x 61.2 cm (30 1/8 x 24 1/8 in.). Seventy-fifth anniversary gift of Jeptha H. Wade III 1991.134.2
In early 19th-century America, some artists traveled from town to town seeking commissions for portrait paintings. Sitters would dress in their best outfits to have their likenesses captured, as was apparently the case here.
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