The Dunlap Family
Oil on canvas
Overall: 42 1/4 x 49 in. ( 107.3 x 124.5 cm ) frame: 42 3/8 x 50 5/8 x 2 1/4 in. ( 107.6 x 128.6 x 5.7 cm )
This family portrait was painted not long after Dunlap's return to New York from London where he had spent three years studying painting--presumably with Benjamin West. Under the guise of a family portrait the artist represented himself as capable of painting a picture of a noble and lofty theme--a scene from Hamlet. Nonetheless, he failed to earn a living as a painter, and pursued a theatrical career instead. Many years later, in 1833, he exhibited this work at the National Academy of Design.
Catalogue of American Portraits in The New-York Historical Society, New Haven: Yale University Press, Vol. 1, 1974, pp. 230-1. Brilliant, Richard, 63. TheDunlop Family or The Artist Showing a Picture from 'Hamlet' to his Parents, 1788", Group Dynamics: Family Portraits & Scenes of Everyday Llife at the New-York Historical Society, New York: The New-York Historical Society in association with The New Press, 2006, pp. 154-5.
Gift of John Crumby
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