Clarissa Seymour (later Mrs. Truman Marsh)
On View: American Art Galleries, 5th Floor, From Colonies to States, 1660–1830
Ralph Earl prepared this canvas by applying two overall priming layers, dark red followed by gray. These layers were not fully dried when he began painting the portrait. As the priming continued to dry, it pulled the upper image layers apart, revealing the darker colors below, as in the skirt. The sloped, soft edges of these drying cracks distinguish them from age cracks, which have sharper, broken edges. Because the cracks resulted from the artist’s working practice rather than damage, Museum conservators opted to leave them visible in the most recent restoration.
Oil on canvas
47 9/16 x 35 15/16 in. (120.8 x 91.3 cm)
frame: 49 13/16 x 38 3/16 x 2 3/8 in. (126.5 x 97 x 6 cm) (show scale)
Signed left center: "R.Earl Pinxt 1789"
Museum Collection Fund
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Ralph Earl (American, 1751-1801). Clarissa Seymour (later Mrs. Truman Marsh), 1789. Oil on canvas, 47 9/16 x 35 15/16 in. (120.8 x 91.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Collection Fund, 48.8 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 48.8_SL3.jpg)
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