Mrs. John Durand (1758-1832)
Oil on wood panel
Overall: 12 x 9 3/4 in. ( 30.5 x 24.8 cm ) frame: 17 1/2 x 15 3/8 x 2 5/8 in. ( 44.5 x 39.1 x 6.7 cm )
signature: on back: "A. B. D. Portrait of Mother"
Rachel (Meyer) Post Durand was the mother of Asher B. Durand. This portrait, a gift to the Society from the subject's granddaughter, is thought to be one of the first portraits painted by the artist.
Executor's Sale, Studies in Oil by Asher B. Durand, N.A., Deceased, Ortgies' Art Gallery, New York, April 13 and 14, 1887, p. 30, no. 370. Catalogue of the Gallery of Art of The New York Historical Society, New York: Printed for the Society, 1915, p. 43. Sherman, Frederic Fairchild, Early American Portraiture, New York: Privately Printed, 1930, pp. 38-41. 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, pp. 38, 156-9, 616. Catalogue of American Portraits in The New-York Historical Society, New Haven: Yale University Press, 1974, Vol. 1, p. 236. 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. 137-8. Ferber, Linda S., ed., "Asher B. Durand, American Landscape Painter," Kindred Spirits Asher B. Durand and the American Landscape, Brooklyn Museum, 2007, pp. 49, 80, 200, 203
Gift of Mrs. Lucy Maria Durand Woodman
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