Blauvelt studied with Charles Loring Elliott and at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the National Academy of Design. He specialized in small genre paintings, frequently of single figures. He pursued a career in genre and portraits in New York (1847-1862), Philadelphia (1862-67), and New York again before settling in Annapolis where he taught draftsmanship at the Naval Academy. Blauvelt was among the artists whom William T. Walters encountered during his forays in the New York art market just prior to the Civil War, acquiring 5 works by the artist. This work in oil on paper was original housed in one of William T. Walters' many drawings albums.