Description Waist-length, three-quarter to right portrait of a young man with wavy, light brown hair, wearing a dark blue coat, yellow vest, high white collar and black stock with a rectangular gold pin. This portrait may show Abraham Shoemaker (1785-1832), a member of the Philadelphia bar who succeeded his father, also called Abraham, as Associate Justice in 1818. He married Hannah Huddel in 1823. Thomas Sully is known to have executed about 60 miniatures, mostly before 1806.
Provenance Shoemaker family; A.J. Fink, Baltimore, [date of acquisition unknown], by purchase; A.J. Fink Foundation, Inc., Baltimore, 1963, by bequest; Walters Art Museum, 1963, by gift.
Inscriptions [Inscription] On reverse in ink: Abrm Shoemaker
Credit Gift of the A. Jay Fink Foundation, Inc., Baltimore, in memory of Abraham Jay Fink, 1963
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