George Augustus Baker Jr.
These two paintings are from a group of family portraits commissioned by the Brooklyn businessman John Southwick from George Baker, Jr., a prominent portraitist in New York. Baker’s contemporaries credited his success to his early work as a miniature painter, a craft he learned from his father. Such training helped the younger Baker hone his skills at modeling the human figure, creating delicate color effects, and fostering a sense of intimacy in full-scale oil portraits.
Oil on canvas
21 1/8 x 17 3/16 in. (53.7 x 43.7 cm) (show scale)
signed lower left: "G.A. Baker / 1877"
Gift of the American Art Council
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George Augustus Baker Jr. (American, 1821-1880). Horace Southwick, 1877. Oil on canvas, 21 1/8 x 17 3/16 in. (53.7 x 43.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the American Art Council, 1999.54.4 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1999.54.4_PS2.jpg)
overall, after treatment, 1999.54.4_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2009
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