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Portrait of Mehitable Perkins Lord

1971.602 (RS80696)

Description

Waist-length frontal view portrait of Mehitable Perkins Lord seated on end of red upholstered Empire sofa; middle-aged woman with reddish-brown hair, hazel eyes; wears white ruffled bonnet with black ribbon and bow; white lawn square collar; black dress has puffed sleeves and empire waist; oval black brooch at center of chest, in V of collar; oval black ring on first finger of her left hand; left arms rests on sofa arm; black shawl draped at right side; molded frame has leaf motif at corners; gilded.

Details

Maker
Attributed to Cole, Joseph Greenleaf, 1803-1858
Date
1825-1830
Associated Building
Original to Rundlet-May House (Portsmouth, N.H.).
Material
canvas
oil paint (paint)
Object type
Art
Descriptive terms
canvas
Coated Canvas
Empire
Empire (style)
Oil
oil paint (paint)
paintings (visual works)
Picture
Portrait
portraits
People and organizations
Lord, Mehitable Perkins, 1766-1831
Dimensions
41 x 33.75 (HxW) (inches)
Accession Number
1971.602
Credit Line
Gift of Ralph May
GUSN
5235

Comments

Portrait of Mehitable Perkins Lord #

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. Mrs. Lord lived in 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