Portrait of a young woman, o/c, unsigned. The woman is holding a book and is sitting in front of a window with a flowerpot on the sill and a landscape beyond. The portrait is in very good condition, having been professionally conserved with very minimal in-painting. It is framed in an attractive contemporary frame. Mid-19th century, MA or NY.
The portrait is attributed to Joseph Goodhue Chandler, (1813-1884). Chandler was active in MA and NY, and was known for his naïve portraits, still lifes and landscape paintings. The portrait illustrated here employs characteristics features of Chandler's portraits of adults. These include a dark costume, red swagged curtain and small potted flowering plant reminiscent of the larger painterly and ebullient flowering plants associated with Chandler's portraits of children. For further information, see John W. Keefe, "Joseph Goodhue Chandler (1813 - 1884): Itinerant Painter of the Connecticut River Valley," The Magazine Antiques (November 1972) vol. 102, #5, pp. 848 - 853.
Provenance: Christie's New York, Sale 8076, Important American Furniture, Silver, Prints, Folk Art, and Decorative Arts, January 26, 1995, Lot 62. Sold for $6,325.
Dimensions: 37” x 32”; Viewed Area: 29½” x 24½”
Item No. 210330