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Category
PAINTINGS & PRINTS
Object Name
PAINTING
Maker/Artist
Hesselius, John\1728-1778\attributed
MESDA Craftsman ID Number
16302,16303
Place Made
Virginia
Materials
oil on canvas
Dimensions
[Overall Ht]46 1/4″ __[Overall Wdth]35 3/4″ __[Overall Depth] __[Overall Len] __[Overall Diam] __[Other]sight measurement
Description
portrait of a large woman in three-quarter pose facing slightly to the left, double chin, hair piece, four strand bead necklace, fichu with bow, three quarter sleeves with double tier lace trim, left arm on table, right hand holding fan
Object Location
private collection
Photo Number
S-6274
File Location
PAINTINGS/Hesselius, John
History
The portrait descended in the family.
Alterations-Condition
unrestored, very dirty on surface, crazed surface, several tears in canvas top and bottom, considerable paint loss on upper left on edge into the inner frame __painting cut down
Wood Analysis
__wide stretcher, not original, but old
Subjects
Mrs. Richard Arell __The subject lived in Alexandria, Virginia.
Her husband owned a tavern there. See S-6275 for her husband. __See Craftsman database and MESDA’s photographic files for information on the artist, John Hesselius. Also refer to MESDA’s small Virginia cards for additional information on the subject ‘s husband, Richard Arell. Mrs. Arell’s portrait recorded in the Frick Art Reference Library, Frick Art Museum, New York, New York, probably as a John Wollaston portrait.
Examined
Bradford L. Rauschenberg –Frank L. Horton –Christine Minter __09/29/1976