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Portrait of Harriet Campbell

Ammi Phillips

American, 1788–1865

Portrait of Harriet Campbell

c. 1815

Harriet Campbell was seven years old when this portrait was painted, though her formal costume makes her appear older. Phillips was a successful itinerant artist, working in small towns along the borders of New York, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. Unlike other early American painters, he was not trained in the European traditions of portraiture. Largely self-taught, he focused on capturing convincing likenesses and creating decorative color arrangements, often reusing poses and clothing.

Medium Oil on canvas
Dimensions 48 1/2 x 25 in. (123.2 x 63.5 cm) Frame: 51 7/8 x 28 7/8 x 2 in. (131.8 x 73.3 x 5.1 cm)
Object Number 1991.8
Acquisition Gift of Oliver Eldridge in memory of Sarah Fairchild Anderson, teacher of art, North Adams Public Schools, daughter of Harriet Campbell, 1991
Status On View

Image Caption

Ammi Phillips, Portrait of Harriet Campbell, c. 1815, Oil on canvas. Gift of Oliver Eldridge in memory of Sarah Fairchild Anderson, teacher of art, North Adams Public Schools, daughter of Harriet Campbell, 1991. The Clark Art Institute, 1991.8.

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