Portrait of Diantha Atwood Gordon

Collection Type

  • Art

Date

1832

GUSN

GUSN-2410

Description

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.

Details

Descriptive Terms

portraits
paintings (visual works)
pencils (drawing and writing equipment)
wood (plant material)
gilding
painting (image-making)
Painting

Label

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.

Associated Person

Gordon, Diantha (Atwood), 1809-1895

Associated Building

Original to Cogswell's Grant (Essex, Mass.),

Maker

Attributed to Ellis, A. (Maker)

Dimensions

25 x 21 1/2 x 1/2 (HxWxD) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of Bertram K. and Nina Fletcher Little

Accession Number

1991.433

Places

Maine (United States)
Fairfield (Somerset county, Maine)

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