The Sketcher: A Portrait of Mlle Rosina, a Jewess
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Daniel Huntington, a leading nineteenth-century American figure painter, based this “portrait” on a favorite model. He intended it to be an ideal figure personifying the art of drawing and the spirit of creativity. Perhaps owing to its reference to art-making, Huntington chose this work to fulfill a commission from the fledgling Brooklyn Institute (the forerunner of the Brooklyn Museum), whose painting collection had been formally initiated in 1851.
Oil on canvas
39 x 31 3/16 in. (99.1 x 79.2 cm)
frame: 51 x 43 1/2 x 4 1/4 in. (129.5 x 110.5 x 10.8 cm)
Signed lower right: "D. Huntington / Paris 1858"
Signed verso stretcher upper center: "painted by D. Huntington / Paris 1858"; inscribed verso stretcher upper center (in unknown hand): "The Sketcher--a portrait of Mlle Rosina, a jewess"
Transferred from the Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences to the Brooklyn Museum
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