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Wyntje (Lavinia) Van Vechten

Wyntje (pronounced "Vintka") Van Vechten, of Catskill, New York, was eighteen years old in 1720. So says a Latin inscription in the lower right corner of this portrait. It helps us to link this work to other similarly inscribed Hudson Valley portraits that share the wooden, heavily outlined forms, broad brushwork, and visible dark underpainting employed by a painter named Nehemiah Partridge. Like numerous colonial artists, Patridge remained nearly anonymous because he traveled to find work and made few permanent connections.

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