John Caflin Southwick, Jr.
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: ' 1999.54.5; 1999.54.4
- Artist: George Augustus Baker Jr., American, 1821-1880
- Medium: Oil on canvas
- Dates: 1870
- Dimensions: 21 x 17in. (53.3 x 43.2cm) (show scale)
- Signature: Signed at lower right: "G.A. Baker / 1870"
- Collections:American Art
- Museum Location: This item is not on view
- Accession Number: 1999.54.5
- Credit Line: Gift of the American Art Council
- Rights Statement: No known copyright restrictions
- Caption: George Augustus Baker Jr. (American, 1821-1880). John Caflin Southwick, Jr., 1870. Oil on canvas, 21 x 17in. (53.3 x 43.2cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the American Art Council, 1999.54.5
- Record Completeness: Best (83%)