Pastel Portrait of Young Girl

Pastel Portrait of Young Girl

Pastel and graphite on paper, this charming portrait depicts a young girl in a salmon dress. Retains original frame and pine backboard, as well as original glass. Sized with frame: 17 ½” X 13 ½”. Characteristic of work by Ruth Henshaw Bascom (American,1772-1848). Like other 18th and early 19th century primitive female folk artists who had little or no professional training, Ruth Henshaw Bascom was an affluent amateur hobbyist who was both prolific and talented. Most of her pastel portraits were executed during the 1830s. The full- or nearly-full-sized profiles of children and adults were described by Charlotte Streifer Rubinstein in American Women Artists: From Early Indian Times to the Present (1982) as having “calm strength of characterization combined with a sensitive feeling for shape, color and texture.” In keeping with the tradition of most such artists of the period, Bascom rarely signed her work.

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