A Sculptor's Studio

T. H. Matteson1857

Albany Institute of History & Art

Albany Institute of History & Art


  • Title: A Sculptor's Studio
  • Date Created: 1857
  • Location Created: United States
  • Physical Dimensions: w37.5 x h29 in (Complete)
  • Type: Paintings
  • Rights: Gift of Walter Launt Palmer in memory of his mother, Mary Jane Seamans Palmer
  • External Link: http://www.albanyinstitute.org/home.html
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Painter: Tompkins H. Matteson (1813-1884)
  • Medium source: Albany Institute of History & Art
  • Inscription: Signed and dated lower left: T. H. Matteson/1857
  • Additional Comments: The studio interior is a comparatively rare genre, having gained relative popularity in America during the mid-nineteenth century. No example is more pertinent to the history of art in Albany than A Sculptor's Studio, which presents an uncommon scene in the studio of a contemporary sculptor, rather than a painter. Tompkins H. Matteson became well known at mid-century for genre and historical subjects. A Sculptor's Studio documents a relationship between painter Matteson and sculptor Erastus Dow Palmer, whose studio had become a center for Albany artists by the late 1840s. Palmer stands in the foreground of his studio, modeling a bust, while an assistant sits nearby. In the background is Palmer's stonecutting workshop. All the works shown in the painting are known pieces by Palmer, and the painting represents a tribute to the most renowned sculptor working in America at the time.


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