Portraits go home to Langdon House

May 18, 2010

In preparation for the open house season, members of the collection services team recently installed seven portraits at the Gov. John Langdon House in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.  This extraordinary collection of eighteenth- to twentieth-century family portraits was bequeathed by a Langdon family descendant, Frances Stone Warrick.  Mrs. Warrick often spent summers in Portsmouth and stayed at the Langdon House where she visited her grandmother and two great aunts.

The collection of portraits reflects the development and trends in American portraiture with paintings by some of America’s most important artists. From John Singleton Copley’s dignified portrait of Benjamin Gerrish, a prominent Boston merchant, to Cecilia Beaux’s exquisitely executed portrait of Helen Elwyn Kremer, shown here. Thomas Sully, Philadelphia’s prominent portraitist, created a cherubic portrait of the young Alfred Langdon Elwyn, Jr. while his nephew, Robert Matthew Sully, captured the striking countenance of Alfred Langdon Elwyn, Sr.

Visit the Langdon House to see these wonderful portraits.