In these two drawings, Daniel Huntington worked his way toward the final composition for his painting of an ideal figure subject titled The Sketcher: A Portrait of Mlle Rosina, a Jewess. Drawing directly from a model, he experimented with variations of the pose. The margins are filled with further studies for the placement of the hands. Pose and composition were Huntington’s primary concerns in his preparatory work. In the finished painting, he significantly altered the figure’s proportions and elaborated the details of the costume. Trained in the academic method by the leading American artist Samuel F. B. Morse, Huntington remained an active proponent of traditional academic practice in his capacity as president of New York’s National Academy of Design, nineteenth-century America’s leading art school, from 1862 to 1870 and from 1877 to 1890.
This text refers to these objects: ' 69.62.1; 69.62.2
- Artist: Daniel Huntington, American, 1816-1906
- Medium: Graphite on wove paper
- Dates: ca. 1839-58
- Dimensions: Sheet: 10 1/2 x 7 3/16 in. (26.7 x 18.3 cm) (show scale)
- Signature: Unsigned
- Inscriptions: Inscribed in graphite at lower left: "For Rosina -- Jewess"
- Collections:American Art
- Museum Location: This item is not on view
- Accession Number: 69.62.2
- Credit Line: Dick S. Ramsay Fund
- Rights Statement: No known copyright restrictions
- Caption: Daniel Huntington (American, 1816-1906). Woman Reading, ca. 1839-58. Graphite on wove paper, Sheet: 10 1/2 x 7 3/16 in. (26.7 x 18.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Dick S. Ramsay Fund, 69.62.2
- Record Completeness: Best (84%)