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The Sketcher: A Portrait of Mlle Rosina, a Jewess

Daniel Huntington

American Art

On View: Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
Daniel Huntington, a leading nineteenth-century American figure painter, based this “portrait” on a favorite model. He intended it to be an ideal figure personifying the art of drawing and the spirit of creativity. Perhaps owing to its reference to art-making, Huntington chose this work to fulfill a commission from the fledgling Brooklyn Institute (the forerunner of the Brooklyn Museum), whose painting collection had been formally initiated in 1851.
MEDIUM Oil on canvas
DATES 1858
DIMENSIONS 39 x 31 3/16 in. (99.1 x 79.2 cm) frame: 51 x 43 1/2 x 4 1/4 in. (129.5 x 110.5 x 10.8 cm)
SIGNATURE Signed lower right: "D. Huntington / Paris 1858"
INSCRIPTIONS Signed verso stretcher upper center: "painted by D. Huntington / Paris 1858"; inscribed verso stretcher upper center (in unknown hand): "The Sketcher--a portrait of Mlle Rosina, a jewess"
CREDIT LINE Transferred from the Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences to the Brooklyn Museum
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
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