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RALPH EARL: THE FACE OF THE YOUNG REPUBLIC. Elizabeth Mankin Kornhauser et al. National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., 1991. Organized by Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford. Published in association with Yale University Press, New Haven. 272 pp. with 139 ills. (94 col.). 32 x 24 cm. LC 91-6397 ISBN 0300050410 In English.
Provides the first substantial examination of the work and legacy of American artist Earl (1751-1801), documenting 59 canvases by the largely self-taught painter whose depictions of rural New England gentry significantly influenced the early development of portraiture in the United States. Excellent reproductions and detailed discussions of the exhibited works (including paintings by his contemporaries Winthrop Chandler, Simon Fitch, Joseph Steward and John Brewster, Jr.) follow three scholarly essays examining Earl's artistic activities in America and as a Loyalist exile in England during the Revolution, his materials and techniques, his versatile adaptation of his style to reflect the values and requirements of his patrons, and the socio-economic circumstances that governed his success as a portrait painter in the Connecticut River Valley.
Artist(s):Earl, Ralph
Indexing: Western — United States — 1600-1800 — Painting
Plans: 01,06,07,13,17,22
Worldwide Number: 023318
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