Joseph Blackburn / Mrs. Theodore Atkinson / 1760Joseph Blackburn
Mrs. Theodore Atkinson

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Creator Name: Blackburn, Joseph
Creator Nationality: North American; American
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1824 - 1911 - 1523
Gender: M
Creator Birth Place: probably England
Creator Name-CRT: Joseph Blackburn
Title: Mrs. Theodore Atkinson
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1760
Creation End Date: 1760
Creation Date: 1760
Object Type: Paintings
Classification Term: Painting
Materials and Techniques: oil on canvas
Dimensions: Unframed: 124.7cm x 99.3cm
Inscriptions: signed left: I Blackburn Pinxit 1760
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1919.1005
Credit Line: Gift of the John Huntington Art and Polytechnic Trust
Provenance: family of the sitter (1919). (Frank Bayley, Boston).

Posed bolt upright in a billowing satin gown, Mrs. Atkinson (born Hannah Wentworth, 1700?1769) is almost a mannequin for the display of opulent textiles. As the sister of the first royal governor of New Hampshire and the wife of that colony's chief justice and richest man, she was as close to an aristocrat as any person both in British America. Mrs. Atkinson and her husband found a suitable portrait painter in Joseph Blackburn who was probably born and trained in England, and was thus familiar with fashionable tastes. Mr. Atkinson's portrait is now in the Worcester Art Museum, Massachusetts.

AMICA ID: CMA_.1919.1005
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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