IMPORTANT AMERICAN FOLK ART FROM THE COLLECTION OF BOBBI AND RALPH TERKOWITZ
Eddy, born in Greenbush, Vermont, and trained by his father as an engraver, was a self-taught painter. He worked in New York City as a miniaturist and portrait painter in the mid 1820s and exhibited there at the National Academy of Design in 1827, before moving to New Jersey in 1831.
Eddy's portraits follow many conventions of formal portraiture of the period but are distinctly naïve in many respects. In this portrait, the child seems self-conscious and somewhat ill at ease posing for the artist.
Her expression is key to the charm she projects, and the patterns of her dress, the carpet she stands on and the floral vines on the table covering all serve to focus us on the intimate details surrounding her quiet presence.
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