Description Harriet Whipple was the daughter of John Whipple (1784-1866) (see WAM 38.477, by the same artist) of Rhode Island and his first wife Maria Bowen (1772-1836). John and his daughter decended from one of the first settlers of Rhode Island. Harriet married William S. Slater in 1844. Born in Leeds, England, and trained in an architect's office, Richard Morrell Staigg came to the United States in 1831. Washington Allston encouraged him and he soon devoted himself to miniature painting. He was a regular exhibitor at the National Academy of Design, New York City, of which he was elected an associate in 1856, and an academician in 1861. In the last two decades of his life he devoted himself to portraits, landscapes and genre scenes in oil. In a later frame.
Provenance Herbert Lawton [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; A.J. Fink, Baltimore, 1937, by purchase from the Lawton sale; A.J. Fink Foundation, Inc., Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1963, by gift.
Inscriptions [Inscription] Handwritten on reverse: No 144 Harriet Whipple Slater / by Richard Staigg
Credit Gift of the A. Jay Fink Foundation, Inc., Baltimore, in memory of Abraham Jay Fink, 1963
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