Kinsley C. Gladding (Providence, Rhode Island, 1802 - 1866)
Still Life with Basket of Fruit. Inscribed "Painted by Kisley C. Gladding, Providence R.I. 1850," on the reverse. Oil on panel, 13 1/2 x 18 1/2 in., unframed. Condition: Scratches, craquelure, and pigment losses.
Note: References to Kinsley Gladding by a contemporary of his, Providence Rhode Island ornamental painter Christian M. Nestell, are noted in an article by Nancy Goyne Evans, The Christian M. Nestell Drawing Book: A Focus on the Ornamental Painter and His Craft in Early Nineteenth-Century America,published by Chipstone, 1998. In it Nestell mentions "...Kinsley C. Gladding were prepared to supply 'Magic Lantern Glasses, transparent or opaque,' and 'Timepiece and Looking-Glass Tablets in gold, silver, or colors.' Householders called for a variety of items to be varnished to preserve the surface. Gladding varnished and framed prints and watercolors ... Several ornamental painters broadened their services. Kinsley Gladding provided customers with 'Views of Country Seats and other Buildings' and offered 'Mourning pieces painted in India ink or colors.' Both Gladding and Sanford Mason also had equipment to produce profiles. Gladding cut his figures 'with exactness' whereas Mason painted his profiles on glass or paper..."