Portrait of a woman in black dress and white lace cap with grey wrap around her shoulders; PR elbow resting on Bible on table.

Portrait of Harriet Brown, c. 1845

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This portrait reveals a serious woman whose modest dress is devoid of frivolous accessories. Her only finery is a delicately woven and embroidered shawl. Her arm rests on a Bible, suggesting that her reserved demeanor reflects a religious disposition. Sheldon Peck embarked on a career in painting in his native Vermont. How he acquired his artistic skill is not known, but he likely was self-taught. He traveled around the Midwest in search of clients to paint, most of whom were average men and women who sought an affordable means of documenting their lives.

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Peck, Portrait of Harriet Brown (#663)
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Title
Portrait of Harriet Brown
Artist Life
(Lombard, Illinois), 1797–1868
Role
Artist
Accession Number
98.141
Provenance
Pearson family, Chicago, Illinois; by descent to Sara Pearson Wells; (Peter H. Tillou Fine Arts, Litchfield, Connecticut, by 1991); Samuel D. and Patricia N. McCullough, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1991 - 1998; gift to MIA on August 18, 1998.
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Portrait of a woman in black dress and white lace cap with grey wrap around her shoulders; PR elbow resting on Bible on table.