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Maker(s):Jennys, William
Culture:American (1774-1859)
Title:Mary Hoyt Williams
Date Made:1801
Type:Painting
Materials:oil on canvas, wood: white pine, gilding
Place Made:United States; Massachusetts; Deerfield
Measurements:Frame: 33 1/4 x 28 13/16 x 2 in; 84.5 x 73.2 x 5.1 cm
Accession Number:  HD 66.226A
Credit Line:Museum purchase
Museum Collection:  Historic Deerfield
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Description:
Oil portrait of Mary Hoyt Williams (1760-1821) of Deerfield by William Jennys (1774-1859), which is one of a pair with the portrait of her husband, Dr. William Stoddard Williams (1762-1829) of Deerfield (66.226). According to the daybook of Dr. Williams, number 9, July 5, 1801 to December 26, 1802, pages 11 and 15 (PVMA 13185), Dr. Williams paid $24 for the two portraits, $2 to Daniel Clay of Greenfield to make the frames, and $1.50 to Jacob Wicker to paint and gild the frames. Framed in an oval roundel, Mary Williams looks to her right and wears a tall white cap with a silk ribbon tied in a large bow, white collar framed around her neck, and shiny brown dress. William Jennys and his father Richard Jennys (ca. 1734-1809) travelled for sixteen years as itinerant portrait painters between 1792/3 and 1809. The first seven years was mainly centered around New Milford, Connecticut, but William was in NYC long enough to be listed as a portrati painter in the 1797/8 directories. By 1800, they painted mostly in western and central Massachusetts, with trips to several towns in Vermont and New Hampshire; and between 1804-1809, they were centered in Newburyport, Massachusetts. Stretcher and frame both made from white pine. Gilding and black paint on frame appears to be original.

Label Text:
[Daniel Clay exhibition. Flynt Center, 2017-2023] When Mary Hoyt (1760-1821) married Deerfield physician Williams Stoddard Williams (1762-1829) in 1786, she received a gift of furniture from her father, David Hoyt, including the scallop-top chest-on-frame included in this exhibition. Fifteen years later, in 1801, Mary (age 41) and William Stoddard Williams (age 38), commissioned itinerant portraitist William Jennys (fl. 1793-1807) to paint their portraits. William Stoddard Williams recorded in his account book a payment of $24.00 to William Jenny for his sitting fee and additional payments of $2.00 to Greenfield cabinetmaker Daniel Clay (1770-1848) for supplying the frames, and $1.50 to Jacob Wicker for painting and gilding them.

When Mary Hoyt (1760-1821) married Deerfield physician Williams Stoddard Williams (1762-1829) in 1786, she received a gift of furniture from her father, David Hoyt, including the scallop-top chest-on-frame included in this exhibition. Fifteen years later, in 1801, Mary (age 41) and William (age 38), commissioned itinerant portraitist William Jennys (fl. 1793-1807) to paint their portraits. Williams recorded in his account book a payment of $24.00 to William Jenny for his sitting fee, $2.00 to Greenfield cabinetmaker Daniel Clay (1770-1848) for supplying the frames, and $1.50 to Jacob Wicker for their painting and gilding.

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portraits

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