ATTRIBUTED TO AMMI PHILLIPS
(1788 - 1865)
NANCY SMITH LAMPHEAR
oil on canvas
30 by 24 ½ in.
Descended in Lamphear family to Constance Ledward Rollins, Hancock, New Hampshire and her husband Dr. John Rollins who donated it in 1981 to the Hancock Historical Society, Hancock, New Hampshire;
Robert W. Skinner, Inc., Bolton, Mass., March 24, 1983, sale 899, lot 82;
Felice A. Zweig, Salem, New York;
Marguerite Riordan, Stonington, Connecticut.
Stacy Hollander, Revisiting Ammi Phillips: Fifty Years of American Portraiture, (New York: Museum of American Folk Art, 1994), p. 33 and 51, illus. in color pl. XVII;
Marguerite Riordan Advertisement, Magazine Antiques, November 2002;
David R. Allaway, My People: The Works of Ammi Phillips, (self published [https://issuu.com/n2xb/docs/ammi_phillips_-_abstract__thumbnail and https://issuu.com/n2xb/docs/ammi_phillips_-_analysis__indexed_], 2019), vol 1., p. 13 and 120, no. 318, vol 2., p. 29, 101, and 112.
Wearing a red Empire waist dress with bright white ruffled collar and cuffs with a beautifully patterned shawl draped across her left hand and her necklace and drop earrings matching the color of her dress, this outstanding painting of Mrs. Lamphear is a tour-de-force within Ammi Phillips oeuvre. David R. Allaway has identified that Nancy Smith Lamphear was the daughter of Jane Daney Smith and lived in Troy, New York. Stacy Hollander noted in Revisiting Ammi Phillips that her mother's maiden name, Daney, appears in the 1820 Cobleskill, New York census.