Portrait of a Man

Portrait of a young man seated in a chair wearing a dark jacket, white shirt with high collar and neck tie with red stick pin; holding a book in his right hand. Plain grayish-brown background; gold frame.
Ammi Phillips
1823
Phillips worked mainly in New England painting portraits commissioned by members of the wealthy new middle class that emerged after the American Revolution to celebrate their status and place in society. “Portrait of a Man” illustrates Phillips attention to facial features, preserving the sitter’s likeness, while his fine clothing, and the copy of Milton’s “Paradise Lost” indicate his sophistication, education and affluence.
Gift of The Daniel and Harriet Fusfeld Folk Art Collection
2002/1.199
Tuesday, June 28, 2022