Zedikiah Belknap
(1781 to 1858)

Portrait of a Young Woman New England, early 19th century.   
   

Oil on wooden panel, the panel prepared as consistent with Belnap in tight diagonal score lines (to help the paint adhere better and the surface to be more canvas-like).

The half-length portrait of the young woman is in the distinctive style of Belnap, including the decorative use of elaborate costume, with generous sheer lace collar, flowing shawl, and stylish hair with showy curls. The back retains chalk and paper-written descriptions by what appears to be the “Pingree” family which with research would likely lead to biographical information about the sitter.

The exceptional frame, in black-paint, of about 31 x 27 inches is probably original. The portrait appears to be untouched. From a long time fine New England collection. For reference about Belnap, see FOLK ART’S MANY FACES, PORTRAITS IN THE NEW YORK STATE HISTORICAL MUSEUM, pp 37-41. 

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