Portrait of Alfred Langdon Elwyn, Jr. (1832-1925)

Collection Type

  • Art

Date

1837

GUSN

GUSN-175062

Description

Portrait of Alfred Langdon Elwyn, Jr. (1832-1925), as a child. Cherub-like child with blond ringlets, deep brown eyes, rosy cheeks and dark red lips leaning on a brown rock. Gilt frame with gadrooning around edges. Son of Alfred Langdon Elwyn, Sr. and grandson of Thomas Langdon Elwyn. Elwyn Jr. married Helen Maria Dyer.

Details

Descriptive Terms

oil paintings (visual works)
oil paintings (visual works)
canvas
wood (plant material)
Painting

Label

Centennial Acquisitions Exhibiton, October 22nd-23rd, 30th-31st, 2010:
Artist Thomas Sully revived a flagging career in 1820 by painting an informal portrait of his son and selling it for twice his usual fee. Before long Sully was known for his naturalistic paintings of children. This example portrays the five-year-old Alfred Langdon-Elwyn, Jr., grandson of James Mease, the subject of Sully’s painting hung over the sideboard in the Langdon dining room.

Inscription

"T S 1837"
"Academy Art 2597 [black ink] (as C.O. Sample) [red ink]" (handwritten)
"KF 2965" (In bright orange chalk)
"KF 2965" (Partially covered by cardboard backing)
"Alfred Langdon-Elwyn / son of Alfred Langdon-Elwyn. Subject of portrait/ born 1832, died 1925." (handwritten)

Additional Identification Number

35.4

Maker

Sully, Thomas, 1783-1872 (Artist)

Object Type

Art

Dimensions

34 x 29 (HxW) (inches)

Credit Line

Bequest of Frances S. Warrick

Accession Number

2009.22.4