Skip Navigation

Woman Holding Book

Daniel Huntington

American Art

In these two drawings, Daniel Huntington worked his way toward the final composition for his painting of an ideal figure subject titled The Sketcher: A Portrait of Mlle Rosina, a Jewess. Drawing directly from a model, he experimented with variations of the pose. The margins are filled with further studies for the placement of the hands. Pose and composition were Huntington’s primary concerns in his preparatory work. In the finished painting, he significantly altered the figure’s proportions and elaborated the details of the costume. Trained in the academic method by the leading American artist Samuel F. B. Morse, Huntington remained an active proponent of traditional academic practice in his capacity as president of New York’s National Academy of Design, nineteenth-century America’s leading art school, from 1862 to 1870 and from 1877 to 1890.
MEDIUM Graphite on paper
DATES ca. 1839–58
DIMENSIONS Sheet: 10 9/16 x 7 3/16 in. (26.8 x 18.3 cm)  (show scale)
SIGNATURE Signed in graphite, recto, lower right: "D. H."
INSCRIPTIONS Inscribed in graphite, recto, lower left: "From Rosina / for the Sketcher."
CREDIT LINE Dick S. Ramsay Fund
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Image outlined on verso.
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION Daniel Huntington (American, 1816–1906). Woman Holding Book, ca. 1839–58. Graphite on paper, Sheet: 10 9/16 x 7 3/16 in. (26.8 x 18.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Dick S. Ramsay Fund, 69.62.1 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 69.62.1_acetate_bw.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 69.62.1_acetate_bw.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
"CUR" at the beginning of an image file name means that the image was created by a curatorial staff member. These study images may be digital point-and-shoot photographs, when we don\'t yet have high-quality studio photography, or they may be scans of older negatives, slides, or photographic prints, providing historical documentation of the object.
RIGHTS STATEMENT No known copyright restrictions
This work may be in the public domain in the United States. Works created by United States and non-United States nationals published prior to 1923 are in the public domain, subject to the terms of any applicable treaty or agreement. You may download and use Brooklyn Museum images of this work. Please include caption information from this page and credit the Brooklyn Museum. If you need a high resolution file, please fill out our online application form (charges apply). The Museum does not warrant that the use of this work will not infringe on the rights of third parties, such as artists or artists' heirs holding the rights to the work. It is your responsibility to determine and satisfy copyright or other use restrictions before copying, transmitting, or making other use of protected items beyond that allowed by "fair use," as such term is understood under the United States Copyright Act. The Brooklyn Museum makes no representations or warranties with respect to the application or terms of any international agreement governing copyright protection in the United States for works created by foreign nationals. For further information about copyright, we recommend resources at the United States Library of Congress, Cornell University, Copyright and Cultural Institutions: Guidelines for U.S. Libraries, Archives, and Museums, and Copyright Watch. For more information about the Museum's rights project, including how rights types are assigned, please see our blog posts on copyright. If you have any information regarding this work and rights to it, please contact
Not every record you will find here is complete. More information is available for some works than for others, and some entries have been updated more recently. Records are frequently reviewed and revised, and we welcome any additional information you might have.
Daniel Huntington (American, 1816–1906). <em>Woman Holding Book</em>, ca. 1839–58. Graphite on paper, Sheet: 10 9/16 x 7 3/16 in. (26.8 x 18.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Dick S. Ramsay Fund, 69.62.1 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 69.62.1_acetate_bw.jpg)