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Portrait of a Boy

Description

Cut paper portrait showing the head and shoulders of a little boy cut in profile and laid against a blue paper background. Boy has light brown hair cut close to the head. Broad ruffled, cream-colored collar, over a dark blue suit made out of fabric with a row of round "gold" buttons cut out of yellow paper. Plain wood frame.

Details

Maker
Bascomb, Ruth Henshaw, 1772-1848 (Maker)
Date
1835-1845
Inscriptions
1. In pencil at lower right of paper at backing of image: R M O [R H B? N.F. Little has interpreted initials as ML.] 2. Jelly label on wooden backing reverse, typewritten with added note in pen: Purchased in 1962 fr. 2/ school teachers in Ashby/ who bought it there/ about 20 years ago./ By Ruth Henshaw Bascom/ Suit by MG, 1854?
Associated Building
Original to Cogswell's Grant (Essex, Mass.).
Material
oil pastels
paper (fiber product)
pencils (drawing and writing equipment)
textiles
Object type
Art
Places
Massachusetts (United States)
Descriptive terms
oil pastels
paper (fiber product)
Pastel
pastels (visual works)
Pencil
pencils (drawing and writing equipment)
portraits
Silhouette
silhouettes
textiles
Dimensions
15 1/2 x 11 3/4 (HxW) (inches)
Accession Number
1991.823
Credit Line
Gift of Bertram K. and Nina Fletcher Little
GUSN
2606

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