Joseph Goodhue Chandler

American (1813–1884)

Portrait Of Frederick Eugene  Bennett, August 19, 1849 and Portrait of Mary Elizabeth Bennett, Age 2, March 18, 1852

Oil on canvas

Gift of Edgar W. and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch

1981.22-23

Chandler painted children, adults, and occasionally still lifes and landscapes, but his portraits of children, of which approximately a dozen are known, are exceptional. Following Puritan-inspired taste, Chandler portrayed adult sitters with no regard for their surroundings—standard practice by a number of self-taught, itinerant artists. With the very young, however, he included a landscape, as well as toys, pets, and other references to the child’s world.

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