Colonial Portraits

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Colonial Portraits

  1. 1. Colonial Portraits
  2. 2. Purposes for a Portriat <ul><li>Portraits showed status- only the wealthy could afford them. </li></ul><ul><li>Portraits were also a way of sending messages about yourself </li></ul><ul><li>Portraits were sometimes wish fulfillment.-imagining yourself as wealthier or more important than you were. </li></ul>
  3. 3. The Picture didn’t Always show reality.
  4. 4. Nathaniel Sparhawk <ul><li>Wealthy merchant </li></ul><ul><li>Red velvet suit = money and power </li></ul><ul><li>Background = Greek statues, columns, large estate </li></ul>
  5. 5. Ann Tyng <ul><li>Landscape background </li></ul><ul><li>Silk dress, bows, all point to wealth </li></ul>
  6. 6. John Hancock <ul><li>Seated at desk </li></ul><ul><li>Writing in ledger </li></ul><ul><li>Engaged in trade </li></ul><ul><li>Chair, suit and ledger demonstrate money, power </li></ul>
  7. 7. Mercy Otis Warren <ul><li>Lace cap and decoration </li></ul><ul><li>Gardening – a woman’s pursuit if she has time and money </li></ul>
  8. 8. Mary and Elizabeth Royall <ul><li>Young sisters </li></ul><ul><li>Wealth demonstrated by fabrics of dresses </li></ul><ul><li>Children dressed as copies of adults </li></ul>
  9. 9. Henry Pelham (Boy with Squirrel) <ul><li>Boy dressed in suit and jacket, like adult </li></ul><ul><li>Sheen of mahogany </li></ul><ul><li>Reflections in tabletop </li></ul><ul><li>Water in glass </li></ul><ul><li>These were all marks of strong artist </li></ul>
  10. 10. Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Winslow <ul><li>Couple seated together </li></ul><ul><li>almost modern faces </li></ul><ul><li>Seem modest but fabric shows their wealth </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Printed fabric </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lace </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mahogany table </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Richness of man’s clothes </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. The Copley Family
  12. 12. Nicholas Boyalston <ul><li>Turkish robe and headgear </li></ul><ul><li>Wealthy, something of a dandy </li></ul>
  13. 13. The Artist in his Museum <ul><li>Revolutionary War hero </li></ul><ul><li>Surgeon, wealthy Philadelphian </li></ul><ul><li>Museum with collection of curiousities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Dinosaur bones </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Skeletons </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>fossils </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Samuel Adams <ul><li>Somber background </li></ul><ul><li>Adams is the focus </li></ul><ul><li>His focus is where his finger points  </li></ul><ul><li>Massachusetts Bay Colony Charter </li></ul>
  15. 15. John Winthrop <ul><li>Congregational minister </li></ul><ul><li>Astronomer </li></ul><ul><li>Shown with his telescope and record of his journey to observe stars and planets </li></ul>
  16. 16. Paul Revere <ul><li>Silversmith, artisan </li></ul><ul><li>In his shirtsleeves </li></ul><ul><li>Holding his craft, tools on table </li></ul><ul><li>Shirt is high-quality linen </li></ul><ul><li>Table is mahogany </li></ul><ul><li>An artisan who has a high social position </li></ul>
  17. 17. A Guide to Men’s Clothing Long socks Britches Waistcoat Long Shirt
  18. 18. A Guide to Women’s Clothing Mop Cap Or Bonnet Bodice Blouse Apron Skirt

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