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John Bousfield (1793-1856) - Fine 1832 Oil, Portrait of an American Quaker

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A particularly fine and notable work, this original 1832 portrait of an American Quaker is a rare find. Completed by the American artist John Bousfield (1793-1856), only two other works by him are known in the UK, both held at The Beacon Museum, Whitehaven. The sitter is presented wearing a dress typical for a female Quaker in the early part of the 19th Century, including a large black cloak, lace collar and Quaker cap. She clutches a pair of spectacles, whilst confronting the viewer with a meaningful gaze.

Bousfield demonstrates a masterly command of the medium, with particular attention to facial form. Shadow and light fall gently on the sitter, in a skillful manner often not seen until later in the century. The artist presents the female quaker with a peaceful aura, and her rather kind eyes reflect the reputation of her Protestant denomination in the period.

Signed to the lower left corner, and dated 1832, as shown.

On canvas on stretchers.


In good condition overall, for a picture of this age. UV light reveals some small areas of localised surface restoration, mainly to the upper right quadrant, and a small tear to the canvas near the left edge, which has been repaired and restored. Light even craquelure across the work, with creasing from stretchers behind. Scuffing to the very edges of the canvas.


66.5 x 47.5cm (26.2" x 18.7")

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Code kp860
Artist John Bousfield (1793-1856)
Date 1832
Dimensions 66.5 x 47.5cm
Framed No
Medium Oil
Style Realism
Subject Portrait
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