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Portrait of Cyrus French

1991.1041.1 (RS21268)

Description

Rectangular, vertical format portrait of a man, three-quarter length. He is seated with his right elbow on a desk on which are books, some lettered: "Jackson Nichols" and "Smith Greenleaf". His left hand is in his vest, and he is wearing a brown coat with large buttons, black trousers and white stockings. The frame has sponge decorating.

Details

Maker
unknown
Date
1786
Inscriptions
On the upper stretcher of the frame's center, printed on a white label with a black print and partially visible penned entry is: MUSEUM OF ART/RHODE ISLAND SCHOOL OF DESIGN/PROVIDENCE RHODE ISLAND/LOAN/17/[ripped] 43. On a very old label, now brown with age, in the upper center on the back of the canvas in black print and black penned entry now very hard to read is: Nov.1786 [date almost illeg.] CYRUS FRENCH/GRAFTON/COUNTY WORCESTER/[pen] Aged 30 years/and 6 months. Typewritten on a NFL label with blue lines is: Nov.1786 Cyrus French, Grafton County/Worcester, Aged 30 years/and 6 months. At the bottom of the fram and stretcher bar in the center is incised [with heat?] into the wood: CF . In pencil on the upper back of the frame is: #2690F.
Associated Building
Original to Cogswell's Grant (Essex, Mass.).
Material
canvas
oil paint (paint)
Object type
Art
Places
Massachusetts (United States)
Descriptive terms
canvas
figure- and animal-derived motifs
Man
men (male humans)
Oil on Canvas
oil paint (paint)
paintings (visual works)
Picture
Portrait
portraits
People and organizations
French, Cyrus, Mr., 1756
Accession Number
1991.1041.1
Credit Line
Gift of Bertram K. and Nina Fletcher Little
GUSN
3258
Related Items
Title Painting Accession number 1991.1041.2 Notes 1991.1041 2 PICTURE, PORTRAIT Relationship Part of set

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