Mr. Taft

Alvan Clarkca. 1840

The Walters Art Museum

The Walters Art Museum

Head and shoulders portrait of a young man with curly brown hair, wearing a black coat with turn-over collar, white vest, white cambric shirt with a high collar and a black neckcloth. The assymetrical window on the back is typical of the period, unfortunately the hair has been lost.

Alvan Clark was self-taught. He worked in the North East United States, being most active in miniature painting between 1836 and 1860. In that year he founded Alvan Clark & Sons in Cambridgeport, which became the leading firm of American telescope makers.

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  • Title: Mr. Taft
  • Creator: Alvan Clark (American, 1804-1887) (?)
  • Date Created: ca. 1840
  • Subject Keywords: male portraits
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  • Roles: Artist: Alvan Clark (American, 1804-1887) (?)
  • Provenance: Herbert Lawton Collection [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; A.J. Fink, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; A.J. Fink Foundation Inc., Baltimore, [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1963, by gift.
  • Object Type: miniatures (paintings); portraits
  • Medium: watercolor on ivory
  • Dimensions: H excluding frame: 2 7/8 x W: 2 1/4 in. (7.3 x 5.72 cm); Framed H: 3 x W: 2 1/2 in. (7.62 x 6.35 cm)
  • Credit Line: Gift of the A. Jay Fink Foundation, Inc., Baltimore, in memory of Abraham Jay Fink, 1963
  • Classification: Miniatures
  • Accession Number: 38.485