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Maker(s):Porter, Rufus (attributed to)
Culture:American (1792-1884)
Title:Miniature Portrait of Hannah Trow Flagg
Date Made:circa 1830
Materials:watercolor and ink on paper; gilt frame
Place Made:United States: Massachusetts: Andover
Measurements:Frame: 6 1/8 x 4 3/8 x 15/16 in; 15.6 x 11.1 x 2.4 cm; Sight: 3 11/16 x 2 3/4 in; 9.4 x 7 cm
Accession Number:  HD 2023.8.2
Credit Line:Gift of Juliene and Carl M. Lindberg
Museum Collection:  Historic Deerfield

Portrait miniature attributed to Rufus Porter of Hannah Trow Flagg, Mrs. Flagg faces right and is in profile, she wears a dark black dress with a white lace collar with a light blue ribbon, she has a pin (probably a mourning pin) at chest on the lace collar, Hannah has pulled back hair with three sausage curls in front of her ear, and in the rear her hair is braided and pinned up, she has a gold earring with a black stone in her ear; the paper sheet for her portrait bears the impressed blind stamp “Superfine London Board,” denoting paper made by James L. and John Turnbull in London, England.

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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