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Hanging alongside these accomplished likenesses, however, is the far less tutored yet visually exuberant portrait of the Hansbury girls, whose figures are curiously strung out in space rather than overlapping.
It also includes such iconic images as "Baby in Red Chair," which has not been seen in several years, and a delightfully naive group portrait of the three "Hansbury Sisters" that has not been shown in decades.
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In his 1820 portrait of the three "Southgate Children," for example, British born artist John James Crawley showcases his mastery of anatomy and perspective as well as his familiarity with such mainstream background elements as drapes, columns and distant landscape vistas. He also compensates for some slight awkwardness in the modeling of the Norfolk children's unusually round faces by his careful attention to such clothing details as lace collars and gold buttons.
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a nationally known cache of more than 250 portraits, the exhibit features 5 new acquisitions, numerous newly cleaned works and 13 examples that boast their original frames.
Nearly 173 years after the invention of photography transformed the way we see ourselves and the world, it can be hard to understand the simple folk art portraits through which so many Americans of the late 1700s and early 1800s hoped to be remembered.
"It's difficult to say I have one favorite," says curator of paintings and sculpture Barbara Luck, describing the broad spectrum of imagination and inventiveness with which the artists worked.
But when you look at his 1843 portrait of Phebe Ann Carlton Hawes, there's nothing about the sweeping, fluid strokes he used to suggest her dress that detracts from her much more finely realized face or the fact that, despite its academic faults, this is a very credible, personal and engaging likeness.
So varied were the demands of consumers and the skills of the artists who strove to meet them, in fact, that many painters including the noted Boston limner William Matthew Prior learned to adjust their approach depending on their customer's taste and willingness to part with a dollar.
Celebrated talents crop up frequently here, including such favorites as Ammi Phillips, Erastus Salisbury Field and Joshua Johnson in addition to Prior.
Similar examples of unorthodox painterliness can be found throughout "American Folk Portraits," a new exhibit that showcases nearly 50 works from Colonial Williamsburg's vaunted portrait collection at the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum.
But the real star is the rewarding range and variety of the work, which demonstrates the full spectrum of talent in a field that stretched from the near academic to the fully self taught.
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which they depicted their sitters in a stylized, flattering yet not necessarily spot on manner. And though many may have been too deficient in their understanding of anatomy and perspective to produce an accurate 3 dimensional looking rendering, they clearly impressed thousands of clients with their powers of observation and attention to detail, not to mention their feel for abstract design and eye catching color.
and sometimes even lower class patrons commissioned countless likenesses from a Nike Kyrie Bhm host of mostly self taught talents. Yet strict fidelity to life was seldom required in the insistent way it would be after the emergence of the camera.
And almost every one is marked by a distinctive response to such common artistic problems as depicting human anatomy, creating the illusion of space and handling line and color.
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Though their faces and hairdos are neatly done conjuring up convincing likenesses that teem with individual character their figures are reduced to such stylized, 2 dimensional forms that they convey barely more flesh and blood than a line of paper dolls.
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