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Landscape painting, oil on canvas, with gold frame. The painting shows a woman, wearing a blue coat and red hat, reading a book under tree with a sun lit field field in the background. The loosely applied, broken color, is similiar to the impressionistic style.
oil paint (paint)
Edward Mitchell Bannister was born in St. Andrews, New Brunswick, and after the early death of both his parents he moved to Boston and worked as a barber, one of the few careers open to African Americans. He also found work tinting photographs. Eventually he studied painting with Dr. William Rimmer at the Lowell Institute and went on to become one of the most successful black artists of the nineteenth century. A founder of the Providence Art Club, he spent most of his artistic career in Rhode Island.
"E M Bannister" (Black paint on the lower right corner)
Bannister, Edward Mitchell (American painter, 1828-1901) (Painter)
14 1/4 x 18 1/2 x 2 1/2 (HxWxD) (inches)