Wyntje (Lavinia) Van Vechten
On View: American Identities: A New Look, American Landscape/Colony to Nation, 5th Floor
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.
Oil on linen
40 3/16 x 34 9/16 in. (102 x 87.8 cm) (show scale)
Inscribed lower right: "Etas. Su[e] / 18- / 172"
Dick S. Ramsay Fund
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Attributed to Nehemiah Partridge (American, 1683-before 1737). Wyntje (Lavinia) Van Vechten, 1720. Oil on linen, 40 3/16 x 34 9/16 in. (102 x 87.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Dick S. Ramsay Fund, 43.36
x-ray, detail, CONS.43.36_1943_xrs_detail01.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 1943
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