Portrait of a Young Woman
Attributed to Ralph Curtis
Likely New York State, Syracuse-area, ca. 1825-1835. Oil on hand-planed single large mahogany board, with cleat on the top, likely to prevent warping. Consistent with other Curtis portraits, the woman is rendered simply and rather solemnly, and on wooden board without first filling the grain. She is wearing a blue pleated dress with lace collar, her hand (with no visible thumb, typical of Curtis) rests on a book. Minor scattered in-painting; very minor bow to the board. About 22 inches wide x 32 tall. For reference, see the Magazine Antiques, December 7, 2009 Ralph D. Curtis: A nineteenth-century folk artist identified. CLICK HERE TO READ THE MAGAZINE ANTIQUES ARTICLE.