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Portrait of Sarah Ann Wiltbank

1833 - 1835

Description

Catalog No
1981.1
Credit
Gift of Mrs. James H. Robins
Artifact Type
Objects
PastPerfect Category Type
Art

38.776889, -75.142645

Half-length figure seated and facing front. Head slightly left, eyes left. Brown hair, high at back with long earring in left ear. Sitter is wearing a brown dress with puffy sleeves and a lace ruffle with a tied pink scarf. LR - Basket of flowers being held in right hand with jeweled ring on right index finger. Plain dark background. Unsigned. Portrait of Sarah Ann Wiltbank Oil on Canvas, c. 1830 Jacob Eichholtz c. 1830 Frontal/Bust Portrait Formal Attire Background: earth colors, green to umber Frame: Traditional Scoop frame w/covered corners Composed of wood/gesso, single part, gilded (mordant/water) toned & glazed According to research conducted by descendents of the Wiltbank Family, Sarah Ann Wiltbank was the daughter of Reverend James Wiltbank and his wife Mary. Rev. James Wiltbank served as rector of St. Peter s Episcopal Church in Lewes, Delaware. Although unsigned, this work is attributed to the hand of Jacob Eichholtz (1776-1842) of Lancaster, Pennslyvania.1 A renowned portrait artist, his works occupy the walls of numerous galleries across the country including the Metropolitan Museum of New York; Museum of Fine Art, Boston; National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; Carnegie Museum of Art; Philadelphia Museum of Art; Westmoreland Museum of Art, Greensburg, PA; Worcester Art Museum, Massachusetts.2 This portrait, painted around 1830, was a part of a family sitting as Sarah s parents, brother Dr. John, and sister-in-law Elizabeth were also painted. Like most ordinary women of her era not much is known about Sarah s life. Without concrete evidence we can only speculate that her life was filled with the typical delights and demands of the ninteenth century woman. 1 Every Name Index to W. U. Hensel s 1912 Address on Jacob Eichholtz http://www.home-histories.com/eich_ind.html 2 Jacob Eichholz [American Painter, 1776-1842] in The Guide to Great Art on the Internet: ArtCyclopedia http://www.artcyclopedia.com/artists/eichholtz_jacob.html accessed August 1,2007

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