Ruth Whittier Shute (New Hampshire, 1803-1882)
Portrait of a Woman in a Blue Dress
Watercolor and pencil on paper, 22 x 16 3/4 in., in a gilt molded frame.
Condition: Minor toning, folds and splits in the paper, roughness to paint in the dress, not examined out of frame.
Provenance: Meryl Weiss and Judith Milne, November 1, 1981.
Literature: Nell Dorr, Mother and Child; Helen Kellogg, "Found-Two Lost American Painters," Antiques World, vol. 1, no. 2, December 1978; Jean Lipman and Tom Armstrong, ed., American Folk Painters of Three Centuries, 1980, p. 167.
Exhibitions: Rhode Island Collects Paper, Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, March 7-April 27, 1986.
Note: Portrait was originally found in New Hampshire and was later owned by Mary Allis, who had it hanging at Ogden House in Southport, Connecticut.
The Arthur & Sybil Kern Collection of American Folk Art
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