Colonial portraits

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Colonial portraits

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

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