Saturday, December 23, 2017

New England Mothers & Children in 17C British American Colonies

The Freake Limner (American Colonial Era Painter, active 1670-c 1680) The Mason Children - David, Joanna, and Abigail c 1670

The Freake Limner (American Colonial Era Painter, active 1670-c 1680) Margaret Gibbs of Boston c 1670

The Freake Limner (American Colonial Era Painter, active 1670-c 1680) Henry Gibbs of Boston c 1670

The Freake Limner (American Colonial Era Painter, active 1670-c 1680) Robert Gibbs c 1670


Portrait of Alice Mason, by an unknown artist, C. 1670.


Portrait of Mary Mason, by unknown artist, C. 1670.


The Freake Limner (American Colonial Era Painter, active 1670-c 1680) Mrs Elizabeth Freake and Baby Mary 1674. The Freake Limner (active 1670–1674) is known by 10 similar portraits in oil on canvas that were painted of merchants, public officials, ministers, & children in Boston between 1670 and 1674. 


1679 Mrs. Richard Patteshall (Martha Woody) and Child. Atr Thomas Smith, American, c 1650–1691 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. While most attribute this painting to Thomas Smith, some suggest that the painter could be Augustine Clement (c 1600–1674) who trained in the Elizabethan style in England before sailing to New England.  However, there were about 14 artists working in Boston in the 17C, so attribution to Clement is speculative.