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Woman in Robert’s Chair

Samuel Addison Shute and Ruth Whittier Shute1833

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

The woman in this painting is dressed in a gown that was fashionable in the 1830s, with its dropped shoulders, narrow belted waist, and iconic ballooned gigot sleeves that are stuffed with removable down plumpers. Peaking out behind her is the crest rail of a stenciled chair. The informal title given to this painting by a past owner refers to a "Robert's Chair," which may refer to Samuel Roberts (active 1800-1838) of Colebrook, Connecticut who produced similar stenciled chairs, or possibly to a cabinetmaker in New Hampshire, where this portrait was made.

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  • Title: Woman in Robert’s Chair
  • Creator: Samuel Addison Shute, Ruth Whittier Shute
  • Date Created: 1833
  • Location Created: United States
  • Physical Dimensions: 25 x 30 inches
  • Provenance: Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT. Gift of Edith Gregor Halpert, 1957.633
  • Type: Painting
  • Original Source: Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT. Gift of Edith Gregor Halpert, 1957.633
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Creator 2 death date: 1881
  • Creator 2 birth date: 1803
  • Creator 1 death date: 1836
  • Creator 1 birth date: 1803

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