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Maker(s):Porter, Rufus (attributed to)
Culture:American (1792-1884)
Title:Miniature Portrait of Timothy Flagg
Date Made:circa 1830
Type:Drawing
Materials:watercolor and ink on paper; gilt frame
Place Made:United States: Massachusetts: Andover
Measurements:Frame: 6 1/4 x 4 3/8 x 7/8 in; 15.9 x 11.1 x 2.2 cm; Sight: 3 11/16 x 2 11/16 in; 9.4 x 6.8 cm
Accession Number:  HD 2023.8.1
Credit Line:Gift of Juliene and Carl M. Lindberg
Museum Collection:  Historic Deerfield
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Description:
Portrait miniature attributed to Rufus Porter, the image shows a left-facing gentleman in profile, dressed in a dark black coat, light blue vest, with white shirt; Timothy Flagg has dark brown, curly hair that is combed forward, and very dark prominent eye brows, the paper is slightly toned yellow, and is framed in a molded gilt wood frame. While living in Billerica, Porter depicted the Flagg family in nearby Andover: publisher Timothy Flagg; his wife Hannah Trow Flagg; and their children, Martha and John.

Label Text:
Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Rufus Porter’s Curious World: Art and Invention in America, 1815–1860
December 12, 2019–May 31, 2020 label: While living in Billerica, Porter depicted the Flagg family in nearby Andover: publisher Timothy Flagg; his wife Hannah Trow Flagg; and their children, Martha and John. In an era of high mortality rates, Porter’s likenesses of children were especially endearing. His exacting style animates Martha’s blue dress, delicate hair ribbon, and coral necklace. As a publisher, Flagg appreciated the advantages of highquality paper. Hannah’s sheet bears the impressed blind stamp “Superfine London Board,” denoting paper made by James L. and John Turnbull in London, England. Its quality has contributed to the miniatures’ fine condition almost two hundred years later.

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