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Mrs. Noah Smith and Her Children  1798

by Ralph Earl

Descended from farmers in Worcester County, Massachusetts, Earl was a highly trained portraitist who tempered his style to suit his rural subjects. After seven years of study in London, Earl became an itinerant artist in Connecticut and Vermont; he devised a manner of painting that betrayed his knowledge of fashionable English portraiture while appealing to his clients’ re...
Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art