Friday, April 3, 2015

Henry Peters Gray (1819-1877)

Henry was born in NYC he was a pupil of Daniel Huntington in New York, and subsequently studied in Rome and Florence. Elected a member of the National Academy of Design in 1842, he succeeded Huntington as president in 1870, holding the position until 1871.[1]

L to R.: Henry Kirke Brown, Henry Peters Gray and Asher Brown Durand, 1850
The later years of his life were devoted to portrait work. He was strongly influenced by the old Italian masters, painting in mellow colour with a classical tendency. One of his notable canvases was an allegorical composition called "The Birth of our Flag" (1875). He died in New York City.[1]
This portrait is from an original watercolor on ivory by Henry Shumway in 1842.
It is available through Snyderman-Works Gallery.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Aunt Kate Richardson

Not my Aunt Kate but someone's Aunt Kate who lived in Philadelphia in the early 1800's. Also a relatively large portrait on a 24 oz can. Complete in November, 2014. Available, contact Snyderman-Works Gallery.

Julia Ingam

Julia Ingam. Available. Contact the artist.

Elizabeth Lea Jaudon Bakewell (1827-1881)

Elizabeth was from a Philadelphia family. The original image was from the photo archives at the Library Company. Available through the Snyderman-Works Gallery,

Edward Miles

Leigh Ann Melville (1790-1869)

From the Philly area, the original was found in the archives of The Library Company of Philadelphia. Complete November 2014. Available, contact the Snyderman-Works Gallery.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015


Lately, I have been using the Library Company of Philadelphia for sourcing portraits of people as it is a consistent challenge to find them. They have excellent archives, online but often they don't know the names associated with the images. Such is the case here. Completed, 2014. Later I took away her hat, and named her Anna...see below. Available, contact the JOG Gallery, Philadelphia.