Mrs. Samuel Prescott Hildreth and Harriet Eliza Hildreth

Sala Bosworthca.1826 - 1827

Huntington Museum of Art

Huntington Museum of Art

This portrait is of Mrs. Samuel Prescott Hildreth (1785-1868), wife of Dr. Samuel Hildreth, an early patron of Sala Bosworth's. Mrs. Hildreth is seen here holding her sixth child, Harriet Eliza (1826-1895). The double portrait has a charm and sense of ease. While exhibiting some of the folk-art tendencies of his earlier period, the portrait also reveals Bosworth's academic training. The depiction of Mrs. Hildreth gives her a dignity and compassion that is classically associated with motherhood; while young Harriet has an innocence and charm instantly recognizable as childlike.

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  • Title: Mrs. Samuel Prescott Hildreth and Harriet Eliza Hildreth
  • Creator: Sala Bosworth
  • Date: ca.1826 - 1827
  • Physical Dimensions: w22.25 x h27.25 in.
  • Credit Line: Bequest of Janet Seaton Humphrey
  • Type: painting
  • Medium: oil on canvas