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William Masters Camac
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William Masters Camac


Description Conservation Exhibitions Provenance Inscription Credit
Description Inman is associated with large-scale portraits, but he also produced miniatures. He was born in Utica, N.Y., and apprenticed in New York City with the American artist John Wesley Jarvis (1781-1840). He helped to found the National Academy of Design and served as its first vice president. The subject is William Masters Camac (1802-1842), shown at waist length with grey hair parted on the right, seated on a pale red chair, the back of which is visible at the left shoulder. He wears a black coat, black vest, white shirt and black stock tied in a bow. He died in 1842 at the age of 40, leaving his wife, pictured in WAM 38.470, a wealthy widow. The frame is not original and is later than the portrait.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
1/15/1964Treatmentcleaned
Exhibitions
  • Four Centuries of Miniature Painting from the Collections of the A. Jay Fink Foundation, Inc. and A.J. Fink, Personally. Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore. 1958-1959.
Provenance A.J. Fink, Baltimore, [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; A. Jay Fink Foundation, Inc., Baltimore,1963, by bequest; Walters Art Museum, 1963, by gift.
Inscriptions [Plaque] On front, outer frame: William Masters Camac / HENRY INMAN.
Credit Gift of the A. Jay Fink Foundation, Inc., Baltimore, in memory of Abraham Jay Fink, 1963

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Period
ca. 1840
Medium
watercolor (or oil?) on ivory
(Miniatures)
Accession Number
38.469
Measurements
Overall (excluding frame) H: 4 3/16 × W: 3 1/16 in. (10.6 × 7.8 cm) Framed H: 8 × W: 6 7/8 in. (20.3 × 17.5 cm)
Geographies
  • USA (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View

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