In about 1830, Elliott moved from upstate New York to Manhattan, where he studied briefly with John Quidor (1801-81), a specialist in literary scenes. Otherwise, he was largely self-taught, although he had thoroughly familiarized himself with the techniques employed by the portrait painter Gilbert Stuart (1755-1828). By the 1850s, Elliott had become the leading portraitist in New York.

Asher B. Durand (1796-1886) began his career as an engraver but eventually turned to landscape painting and succeeded Thomas Cole as the leader of the Hudson River school of landscape painters.


  • Title: Portrait of Asher B. Durand
  • Creator: Charles Loring Elliott (American, 1812-1868)
  • Date Created: 1860
  • External Link: For more information about this and thousands of other works of art in the Walters Art Museum collection, please visit art.thewalters.org
  • Roles: Artist: Charles Loring Elliott (American, 1812-1868)
  • Provenance: Purchased by William T. Walters from the artist, Baltimore, 1860; inherited by Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1894; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 1931.
  • Object Type: oil paintings; portraits
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Inscriptions: [Signature] Lower left: C.L. Elliott; [Date] Lower left: 1860
  • Geography: Place of Origin: New York
  • Exhibitions: From Rye to Raphael: The Walters Story. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2014-2016., The American Artist as Painter and Draftsman. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2001., New Jersey and the Artist. New Jersey State Museum, Trenton. 1965., The Walters' American Collection. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2005-2006.
  • Dimensions: H: 27 1/16 x W: 21 7/8 in. (68.8 x 55.6 cm); Framed H: 34 1/4 x W: 29 1/2 x D: 4 1/2 in. (87 x 74.9 x 11.4 cm)
  • Credit Line: Acquired by William T. Walters, 1860
  • Classification: Painting & Drawing
  • Accession Number: 37.7

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