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Clarissa Seymour (later Mrs. Truman Marsh)

Ralph Earl

American Art

On View: American Identities: A New Look, American Art Galleries, 5th Floor, From Colonies to States, 1660–1830, 5th Floor
The Conservator's Eye

Ralph Earl prepared this canvas by applying two overall priming layers: a 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.
MEDIUM Oil on canvas
DATES 1789
DIMENSIONS 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)
SIGNATURE Signed left center: "R.Earl Pinxt 1789"
COLLECTIONS American Art
ACCESSION NUMBER 48.8
CREDIT LINE Museum Collection Fund
RIGHTS STATEMENT No known copyright restrictions
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CAPTION 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
IMAGE overall, 48.8_SL3.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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