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Object ID 1953.030.001
Object Name Portrait
Title Alexander Wilson
Collection Works of Art
Credit line Gift of Mrs. Charles A. Higgins
Year Range from 1840
Year Range to 1870
Description Framed, oil on canvas portrait of Alexander Wilson (1766-1813), a Scottish-born, self-taught ornithologist who landed at New Castle, DE, in 1794 before continuing on to Philadelphia. The half-length portrait shows a young man seated in a red chair and writing at a desk. He hold a pen in his right hand that he is putting to paper as he looks up with a dreamy expression. His left hand rests on his cheek. The subject has short brown hair and is wearing a three-piece suit with a black overcoat, tan waistcoat, and white shirt and cravat and is shown against an empty background. This painting appears to be a copy of an original portrait by James Craw that was then engraved by W.H. Lizars and published by Campbell & Co. of Edinburgh in 1831
Dimensions H-21.25 W-18.625 D-1 inches
Dimension Details framed dimensions
Subjects Paintings
Portrait paintings
Search Terms Alexander Wilson
Portrait Paintings
Nineteenth Century
Material Oil on canvas