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Portrait of Elizabeth Whitredge Lord (1791-1861)

1971.518 (RS80693)

Description

Half-length portrait of a seated woman facing front; dark brown hair, brown eyes; white bonnet with gathered scalloped border and pink ribbon; white lace collar; black dress; white shawl with pink paisley border; red drapery behind sitter; landscape view to the right; wooden frame with gilt and gesso; single gessoed and gilded leaf in each corner.

Details

Maker
Attributed to Cole, Joseph Greenleaf, 1803-1858
Date
1829
Associated Building
Original to Rundlet-May House (Portsmouth, N.H.).
Material
canvas
oil paint (paint)
Object type
Art
Descriptive terms
canvas
oil paint (paint)
paintings (visual works)
Picture
Portrait
portraits
People and organizations
Lord, Elizabeth Whitridge, 1791-1861
Dimensions
34 5/8 x 26 5/8 (HxW) (inches)
Accession Number
1971.518
Credit Line
Gift of Ralph May
GUSN
5115

Comments

Painting #

AvatarPosted by John on November 10, 2015
Are you sure that it was by J.L. Cole? It looks like it is the work of J.G. Cole (Joseph Greenleaf Cole). Could you check the back of the painting to be sure?

Painting by Cole #

AvatarPosted by Nancy Carlisle, Senior Curator of Collections on November 19, 2015
John, thank you for your comment. I'm betting you're right. Our records indicate that the first initials of the signature are illegible. J. G. Cole would be a likely candidate. I know he painted in Boston and Portland. Elizabeth Whittridge Lord lived relatively nearby to both in southern Maine. The house where this portrait hangs is currently closed for the season and there are no plans on the books for anyone from our curatorial team to visit, but the next time we do I'll make sure to double check the signature. In the meantime we'll tentatively change the attribution on the records. I'll welcome anything more you can tell me about J. G. Cole if you care to contact me directly. Thank you again.
Nancy Carlisle
Senior Curator of Collections
ncarlisle@historicnewengland.org