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Maker(s):Porter, Rufus (attributed to)
Culture:American (1792-1884)
Title:Miniature Portrait of Jane Noyes Gage
Date Made:circa 1838
Materials:watercolor and ink on paper with stamped ink inscription; gilt frame
Place Made:New Hampshire: Merrimack
Measurements:Frame: 5 7/8 x 4 5/16 x 3/4 in; 14.9 x 11 x 1.9 cm; Sight: 3 3/4 x 2 3/4 in; 9.5 x 7 cm
Accession Number:  HD 2023.8.18
Credit Line:Gift of Juliene and Carl M. Lindberg
Museum Collection:  Historic Deerfield

Portrait miniature of Jane Noyes Gage attributed to Rufus Porter; frontal facing portrait of a solemn young woman, she wears a black dress with stylish pleats of the late 1830s, she has a white collar that is trimmed by a blue line, she has a brooch (perhaps a mourning brooch) pinned at her chest, she wears a gold bead necklace, and has light brown hair parted in the center with a curl behind her ear; the top of the image is stamped with the ink inscription, "MRS JANE.N. GAGE." The portrait is shown in a molded gilt frame. By the 1830s, Porter’s style had evolved further still. He began to favor frontal poses and to use stippling and cross-hatching for modeling, resulting in an overall effect that is more graphic than sculptural. Judging by the scarcity of known miniatures from his later period, his output in this genre had dropped significantly. Perhaps he was already anticipating that the art of miniature painting would soon be made obsolete by advances in still photography.

Label Text:
Joseph Nichols Gage, a trader from Merrimack, New Hampshire, and Jane Noyes, his second wife, are
Porter’s last known portraits of identified sitters and likely date to the time of their 1837 marriage. The
printed names on the sheets are uncommon.

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