These two paintings are from a group of family portraits commissioned by the Brooklyn businessman John Southwick from George Baker, Jr., a prominent portraitist in New York. Baker’s contemporaries credited his success to his early work as a miniature painter, a craft he learned from his father. Such training helped the younger Baker hone his skills at modeling the human figure, creating delicate color effects, and fostering a sense of intimacy in full-scale oil portraits.
This text refers to these objects: ' 1999.54.4; 1999.54.5
- Artist: George Augustus Baker Jr., American, 1821-1880
- Medium: Oil on canvas
- Dates: 1877
- Dimensions: 21 1/8 x 17 3/16 in. (53.7 x 43.7 cm) (show scale)
- Signature: signed lower left: "G.A. Baker / 1877"
- Collections:American Art
- Museum Location: This item is not on view
- Accession Number: 1999.54.4
- Credit Line: Gift of the American Art Council
- Rights Statement: No known copyright restrictions
- Caption: George Augustus Baker Jr. (American, 1821-1880). Horace Southwick, 1877. Oil on canvas, 21 1/8 x 17 3/16 in. (53.7 x 43.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the American Art Council, 1999.54.4
- Record Completeness: Best (85%)