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966

IMPORTANT AMERICAN FOLK ART FROM THE COLLECTION OF BOBBI AND RALPH TERKOWITZ

Oliver Tarbell Eddy (1799 - 1868)
THREE WORKS: PORTRAIT OF A YOUNG GIRL WITH ROSE; PORTRAIT OF A YOUNG GIRL WITH ROSE AND BUTTERFLY; SELF-PORTRAIT OF OLIVER TARBELL EDDY
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966

IMPORTANT AMERICAN FOLK ART FROM THE COLLECTION OF BOBBI AND RALPH TERKOWITZ

Oliver Tarbell Eddy (1799 - 1868)
THREE WORKS: PORTRAIT OF A YOUNG GIRL WITH ROSE; PORTRAIT OF A YOUNG GIRL WITH ROSE AND BUTTERFLY; SELF-PORTRAIT OF OLIVER TARBELL EDDY
Estimate
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Oliver Tarbell Eddy (1799 - 1868)
THREE WORKS: PORTRAIT OF A YOUNG GIRL WITH ROSE; PORTRAIT OF A YOUNG GIRL WITH ROSE AND BUTTERFLY; SELF-PORTRAIT OF OLIVER TARBELL EDDY
Oil on wood panel (large Young Girl), Oil on wood panel (small Young girl) and oil on tin (self-portrait)
Young Girl: 39 by 29 in. and 14 by 10 in.
Self-Portrait: 4  1/8  by 3  1/8  in.
Circa 1838; circa 1850
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Provenance

Joan Brownstein American Folk Paintings, Newbury, Massachusetts.

Exhibited

New York, American Folk Art Museum, Securing the Shadow: Posthumous Portraiture in America, October 6, 2016-February 26, 2017.

Literature

Stacy C. Hollander, Securing the Shadow: Posthumous Portraiture in America, (Dalton, MA: Studley Press, 2016) p. 101-103. 

Catalogue Note

Paintings descended in the Tarbell Eddy family to the previous owner, and a letter describing their descent is attached to the Self Portrait.

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.
 

Important Americana

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