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Portrait of Diantha Atwood Gordon

1991.433 (RS30893)

Description

Half-length portrait of a seated woman, Diantha Atwood Gordon (1809-1895), with brown hair and blue dress, holding an orange; on unprepared almost square panel, now split; details in gold leaf; plain stained blonde wood frame, contemporary.

Details

Label
Diantha Atwood Gordon was born in Fairfield, Maine, and married Washington Gordon, also of Fairfield, in 1828. Many years later, Diantha Gordon's great-granddaughter informed Nina Little that her mother had found her grandparents so disagreeable that she once locked them in an outhouse, where they were not discovered until evening. The style of this portrait, with its flat planes of color, seemed to foreshadow early twentieth-century modern art and delighted lovers of folk art.
Maker
Attributed to Ellis, A. (Maker)
Date
1832
Associated Building
Original to Cogswell's Grant (Essex, Mass.).
Material
gilding
painting (image-making)
pencils (drawing and writing equipment)
wood (plant material)
Object type
Art
Places
Fairfield (Somerset county, Maine)
Maine (United States)
Descriptive terms
gilding
Painting
painting (image-making)
paintings (visual works)
pencils (drawing and writing equipment)
portraits
wood (plant material)
People and organizations
Gordon, Diantha (Atwood), 1809-1895
Dimensions
25 x 21 1/2 x 1/2 (HxWxD) (inches)
Accession Number
1991.433
Credit Line
Gift of Bertram K. and Nina Fletcher Little
GUSN
2410
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