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Maker(s):Chandler, Joseph Goodhue
Culture:American (1813-1884)
Title:Dr. Joseph Goodhue
Date Made:1844
Materials:oil, canvas, wood, paint
Place Made:United States; Massachusetts; Deerfield
Accession Number:  HD 2004.42
Credit Line:John W. and Christiana G.P. Batdorf Fund
Museum Collection:  Historic Deerfield

Framed oil portrait of Dr. Joseph Goodhue (1762-1849) who was the grandfather of the artist, Joseph Goodhue Chandler (1813-1884), which is signed on the lower left back: "Painted for Dr. Joseph Goodhue aged 81 / J. G. Chandler Artist May 1844." There is an inscription on a paper label on the back: "This painting was presented to the Orthodox Church in [North/Old] Derfield by Dr. Gordon and is to be kept at the home of the Minister." There was also a tag hanging from a wire: "Dr. Goodhue / Property of the First Church of Deerfield / To be stored in Memorial Hall / Fireproof wing-taken down / from second floor of the churc / when they discovered it had been damaged.- / waiting to be repaired." According to the First Church, the painting was shown in the chuch at one time, but suffered damage when the eyes were punctured (later repaired). Joseph Chandler was born in South Hadley, Massachusetts, to Captain David Chandler (1770-1838) and Clarissa Goodhue Chandler (1788-1891), Joseph Goodhue's daughter and the sister of Harriet Taylor Goodhue Williams (1799-1874), who married in 1803. Joseph Chandler trained early as a cabinetmaker, but later, between ages 14 and 19, travelled to Albany, NY, to study painting with Williams Collins (1787-1847) who was listed in Albany directories from 1827-1832. Chandler's earliest portraits date from about 1837, and are primarily those of family members. In 1840, Chandler married Lucretia Ann White (1820-1868), an established painter in Hubbardson, Mass., and they likely collaborated on a number of portraits over the years. Chandler then travelled as an itinerant painter, primarily in northwestern Massachusetts, until he established a studio in Boston in 1852. The Chandlers returned to Hubbardston in 1860, where they lived and worked for the rest of their lives. Dr. Stephen West Williams (1790-1855) of Deerfield married Harriet Taylor Goodhue (1799-1874) in 1818. Harriet was the daughter of Mindwell Taylor Goodhue (1759-1837) and Dr. Joseph Goodhue who was a surgeon in the United States Army at Fort Constitution, N.H., for 21 years before retiring to Deerfield by 1822. Also see HD 59.190 for another Chandler portrait of Dr. Goodhue and HD 59.191 for a Chandler portrait of Mindwell Taylor Goodhue, which came through a branch of the Williams family descended from Dr. Stephen West Williams. This portrait shows a waist-length view of an elderly man with receding grey hair and blue eyes who is wearing a white stock and shirt, and black coat and waistcoat; his left hand rests on his silver-rimmed spectacles lying on an open book that is sits on a red-covered table. This information from the PVMA website: Dr. Joseph Goodhue (1762-1849) was a farmer and then a physician and military surgeon in the Portsmouth, New Hampshire, area before retiring with his wife to Deerfield, Massachusetts. Their daughter Harriet (1799-1874) attended Deerfield Academy and married Dr. Stephen West Williams (1790-1855) of Deerfield in 1818. Stephen bought a house in 1822, and Dr. and Mrs. Goodhue lived in the north portion. They enlarged the house, making it two rooms deep on both the first and second floors, and in 1824 Stephen sold the north half to Dr. Goodhue.

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From the PVMA website: Joseph Goodhue recalled that he got a taste for military life when he spent two months in 1775 with an uncle who was a Captain in the American Revolution. Only after farming for several years did Goodhue decide at thirty-two to become a doctor. He trained for the profession by studying with two physicians and attending a series of medical lectures. Goodhue then acted on his long-delayed dream and joined the army, serving as the United States Army Surgeon for Fort Constitution, New Hampshire, for twenty-one years. His grandson painted this portrait after the elderly Goodhue had retired to Deerfield, Massachusetts.


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