John Ritto Penniman (American, c. 1782-1841)
After a Pastel by Gerrit Schipper (b. Holland, 1775, d. London, c. 1830)
Portrait of Edward Tuckerman, 1823.
Inscribed along outside edge of the trompe l'oeil frame l.r. "J. R. Penniman. Pinx." Oil on oval mahogany panel, 9 3/4 x 7 7/8 in., in a later gilt-gesso frame. Condition: Very good.
Elizabeth Tuckerman Salisbury (1768–1851); to her son Stephen Salisbury II (1798–1884); to his son, Stephen Salisbury III (1835–1905); to the consignor.
Exhibitions: American Art from the Collection of the Worcester Art Museum, Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, Texas, April 27–June 24, 1979; John Ritto Penniman (1782–1841): An Ingenious New England Artist, Worcester Art Museum, February 26–April 25, 1982.
Note: Edward Tuckerman II was born December 29, 1740, in Boston. As a young man, he was apprenticed to a baker, and later ran a bakery on Orange Street in Boston. He married Elizabeth Harris in 1766 and together they had eleven children, several of whom became prominent citizens in Boston. In 1765 he joined the Boston Artillery Company. He was a member of the Sons of Liberty, and from 1774 to 1776 served as a lieutenant in the Continental Army. He also served in several philanthropic capacities in the Boston area.