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Rectangular, horizontal format; trompe l'oeil depicts a frame of brown, a shelf with books, pamphlets, letter, an ink well, two quill pens, and a card bearing the artist's name in an informal arrangement.
paintings (visual works)
oil paint (paint)
Oil on Panel
In paint on the upper left of the inkwell: ""FINE BLACK/INK/STAIONER'S HALL/NEW YORK"" In script on the white envelope in the lower left is the artist's name On the spine of the gray book in the upper right is 'LINGA'? On a jelly label on the reverse is typed: ""By Frederick Thomas Somerby,/1832. Born Newburyport, Mass./1814. Became an ornamental painter and writer. Died/Worcester in 1871. Brother/Lorenzo painted provincial/portraits/"" The shelf edge is letter in white: ""F.T. Somerby Pinx. 1832 [noted by NFL, cat. card; signature is still visible but difficult to read].
Original to Cogswell's Grant (Essex, Mass.),
Somerby, Frederic Thomas (American painter, 1814-ca.1870) (Artist)
Newburyport/ Worcester, MA, USA
10 1/2 x 16 1/4 x 1/2 (HxWxD) (inches)
Gift of Bertram K. and Nina Fletcher Little
Massachusetts (United States)