Portrait of a Boy

Collection Type

  • Art

Date

1835-1845

GUSN

GUSN-2606

Description

Cut paper portrait showing the head and shoulders of a little boy cut in profile and laid against a blue paper background. Boy has light brown hair cut close to the head. Broad ruffled, cream-colored collar, over a dark blue suit made out of fabric with a row of round "gold" buttons cut out of yellow paper. Plain wood frame.

Details

Descriptive Terms

silhouettes
portraits
pastels (visual works)
paper (fiber product)
oil pastels
pencils (drawing and writing equipment)
textiles
Pencil
Pastel
Silhouette

Inscription

1. In pencil at lower right of paper at backing of image: R M O [R H B? N.F. Little has interpreted initials as ML.] 2. Jelly label on wooden backing reverse, typewritten with added note in pen: Purchased in 1962 fr. 2/ school teachers in Ashby/ who bought it there/ about 20 years ago./ By Ruth Henshaw Bascom/ Suit by MG, 1854?

Associated Building

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

Maker

Bascomb, Ruth Henshaw, 1772-1848 (Maker)

Dimensions

15 1/2 x 11 3/4 (HxW) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of Bertram K. and Nina Fletcher Little

Accession Number

1991.823

Places

Massachusetts (United States)