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Trompe l'oeil Painting

1991.1590 (RS21196)

Description

Rectangular, horizontal format; trompe l'oeil depicts a frame of brown, a shelf with books, pamphlets, letter, an ink well, two quill pens, and a card bearing the artist's name in an informal arrangement.

Details

Maker
Somerby, Frederic Thomas (American painter, 1814-ca.1870) (Artist)
Date
1832
Inscriptions
In paint on the upper left of the inkwell: ""FINE BLACK/INK/STAIONER'S HALL/NEW YORK"" In script on the white envelope in the lower left is the artist's name On the spine of the gray book in the upper right is 'LINGA'? On a jelly label on the reverse is typed: ""By Frederick Thomas Somerby,/1832. Born Newburyport, Mass./1814. Became an ornamental painter and writer. Died/Worcester in 1871. Brother/Lorenzo painted provincial/portraits/"" The shelf edge is letter in white: ""F.T. Somerby Pinx. 1832 [noted by NFL, cat. card; signature is still visible but difficult to read].
Location of origin
Newburyport/ Worcester, MA, USA
Associated Building
Original to Cogswell's Grant (Essex, Mass.).
Material
oil paint (paint)
panels (wood)
Object type
Art
Places
Massachusetts (United States)
Descriptive terms
Book
books
Oil on Panel
oil paint (paint)
Painting
paintings (visual works)
panels (wood)
Still Life
still lifes
Dimensions
10 1/2 x 16 1/4 x 1/2 (HxWxD) (inches)
Accession Number
1991.1590
Credit Line
Gift of Bertram K. and Nina Fletcher Little
GUSN
3094

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