Shepard Alonzo Mount particularly excelled at portraits of children. Increasingly after the mid-1840s, many Long Island families commissioned the elder Mount brother to paint their children, both living and posthumously. This painting was probably the artist’s most famous portrait, as it became the subject of a print published by the French lithographers Goupil & Company, in 1852. The painting is of Shepard’s daughter, Ruth (or “Tutie,” as she was nicknamed), who can be seen in several other works by the artist.


  • Title: Rose of Sharon
  • Creator: Shephard Alonzo Mount
  • Date Created: 1850
  • Location: Long Island, New York, United States
  • Physical Dimensions: 29 3/4"h x 25"w
  • Provenance: Gift of Mrs. James Blackwell, 1981
  • Subject Keywords: Long Island, Long Island artist, Shepard Alonzo Mount, portrait artist, children portrait, oil on canvas, American artist
  • Type: painting
  • Medium: oil on canvas

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