Mrs. Asher B. Durand (d. 1830)
Oil on canvas
Overall: 24 x 20 in. ( 61 x 50.8 cm ) frame: 29 x 25 1/8 x 2 3/4 in. ( 73.7 x 63.8 x 7 cm )
stencil on stretcher: "518"
on back: "Lucy Baldwin Durand"
Lucy Baldwin, daughter of Isaac Baldwin of Bloomfield, N.J., was the first wife of Asher B. Durand. The couple were married in 1821. This portrait of Mrs. Durand may have been painted as a companion piece to Eliab Metcalf's portrait of A. B. Durand, as both canvases are oval and they are almost identical in size.
Lawall, David B., Asher Brown Durand: His Art and Art Theory in Relation to his Times, Submitted to Princeton University in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy, March 1966, p. 86. Catalogue of American Portraits in The New-York Historical Society, New Haven: Yale University Press, Vol. 1, 1974, p. 235. Foshay, Ella M., and Novak, Barbara, Intimate Friends: Thomas Cole, Asher B. Durand, William Cullen Bryant, New York: The New-York Historical Society, 2000, p. 53. Smith, Alvy Ray, compiled by, Dr. John Durand (1664-1727) of Derby Connecticut: His Family Through Four Generations Featuring the Branch of His Youngest Son Ebenezer Durand Through Ten Generations to 2003, Boston: Newbury Street Press, 2003, pp. 214, 217. Ferber, Linda S., ed., Kindred Spirits Asher B. Durand and the American Landscape, Brooklyn Museum, 2007, p. 56, Chronology.
Gift of Nora Durand Woodman
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