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Portrait of Mary Boyd Minot

1991.1042 (RS21274)

Description

Rectangular, vertical format portrait of a woman wearing a dark dress with a red shawl on one shoulder, pulled up brown hair and brown eyes. There is a dim background with a landscape view of a sunset at the right. It has an original chipped rococco-style gilded frame, as per NFL. Oil on canvas.

Details

Maker
unknown
Date
1820-1835
Inscriptions
In a blue ink script on a white blank tag attached to the picture with a hooked on ""L"" is: Aunt Mary Boyd/sister of Adam Boyd/who bought the home/in 1849 - she lived/in this house for many/years. Purchased from/a descendent of the Boyd/family. Typewritten on a white faded label, in the lower left stretcher on the back is: Portrait of Mrs. Mary (Boyd) Minot,/born in Essex in the early 19th century, a sister/of Adam Boyd. After her marriage to Capt. Minot/she lived in Boston where this portrait was pre-/sumably painted. She left most of her property to/her niece Lydia Boyd, and this picture hung for many/years in the Boyd farm at the end of Spring St./Purchased in Essex in 1942. Stenciled on the back of the upper right of the canvas, sideways is: PREPARED BY/A. MORRIS/No. 25/Exchange St./BOSTON .
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
Oil on Canvas
oil paint (paint)
paintings (visual works)
PICTURE, PORTRAIT
Portrait
portraits
Woman
women (female humans)
People and organizations
Minot, Mary Boyd
Dimensions
35.25 x 28.375 (HxW) (inches)
Accession Number
1991.1042
Credit Line
Gift of Bertram K. and Nina Fletcher Little
GUSN
3259

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