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Half-length portrait of a seated woman, Diantha Atwood Gordon (1809-1895), with brown hair and blue dress, holding an orange; on unprepared almost square panel, now split; details in gold leaf; plain stained blonde wood frame, contemporary.
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Diantha Atwood Gordon was born in Fairfield, Maine, and married Washington Gordon, also of Fairfield, in 1828. Many years later, Diantha Gordon's great-granddaughter informed Nina Little that her mother had found her grandparents so disagreeable that she once locked them in an outhouse, where they were not discovered until evening. The style of this portrait, with its flat planes of color, seemed to foreshadow early twentieth-century modern art and delighted lovers of folk art.
Gordon, Diantha (Atwood), 1809-1895
Original to Cogswell's Grant (Essex, Mass.),
Attributed to Ellis, A. (Maker)
25 x 21 1/2 x 1/2 (HxWxD) (inches)
Gift of Bertram K. and Nina Fletcher Little
Maine (United States)
Fairfield (Somerset county, Maine)
Title Painting Accession Number 1991.1070
Title Painting Accession Number 1991.1071