Description Bust-length portrait of John Whipple, with brown hair wearing a black coat, black waistcoat, white shirt and black cravat. John married Maria Bowen (1772-1836), his first wife, with whom he had seven children. One of whom, Harriet, is depicted by the same artist in WAM 38.478. John decended from one of the first settlers of Rhode Island. 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 John Whipple / by Richard Staigg
Credit Gift of the A. Jay Fink Foundation, Inc., Baltimore, in memory of Abraham Jay Fink, 1963
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