John Caflin Southwick, Jr.
George Augustus Baker 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.
Oil on canvas
Signed at lower right: "G.A. Baker / 1870"
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Gift of the American Art Council
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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 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1999.54.5_bw.jpg)
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