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Julius Brutus Stearns (1810-1885) Family Group Portrait Within Domestic Interior
Signed, dated, and inscribed (at lower left): J.B. Stearns N.Y. 1850
Date/Period: 1850


Julius Brutus Stearns (1810-1885) Family Group Portrait Within Domestic Interior Signed, dated, and inscribed (at lower left): J.B. Stearns N.Y. 1850, entire view

Measurement: Frame: 52.25" x 64.5"; view: 44.25" x 57.25"

Material: Oil on canvas

Condition: Re-stretched and lined, very minor inpaint

Recorded: Whitney Museum of Art History Purpose and Activities with a Complete List
of Works in its Permanent Collection to June 1937
, page 23; Mario Amayo, “Art: The
Family Together-Paintings of Life at Home,”
in Architectural Digest (December 1977),
page 116, illus. in color.

Exhibited: Society of the Four Arts, Palm Beach, Florida, 1976, At Home.

Ex collection: Whitney Museum of Art, New York.

Additional Information: An unknown affluent family within a well-appointed room, eight
children, mother, father, and mother-in-law. Most of the well-dressed children are posed
with a prop. The oldest girl holds a fan, the young lady to her right holds’ flowers; the
child positioned before her father listens to a pocket watch. The younger brother
watches his sibling sketching…they are flanked by the girl in pink dress holding a hoop
while her sister holds a whip-like staff to which is attached a ribbon displaying the colors
of the American flag.

Stearns, a Vermont native, was born Lucius Sawyer however, after a falling-out with his
father who disapproved of his artistic endeavors, he changed his name. He was
recognized by the public when he submitted the Millennium to the National Academy of
Design in 1838. By 1840 Sterns was accepted and embraced by the New York art
community. The artist created a serious of paintings inspired by the life of George
Washington of which many were sold as prints…the popularity of these prints, other
paintings depicting historic scenes and the mastery he developed and conveyed in his
paintings gained him much attention and respect on the American stage. He was
elected associate member of the national Academy of Design in 1848; elevated to full
academician in 1849; served as the academy’s recording secretary 1851-1865.

Stearns traveled in Europe during the late 1840s, during the 1850s focused on
domestic genre paintings, portraits, and sporting pictures. His works are held by such
noted institutions as the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Butler Institute of American Art,
and New-York Historical Society. Sterns was killed in a carriage accident near his home
in Brooklyn in 1885.

$18,000.00

1125-62


Julius Brutus Stearns (1810-1885) Family Group Portrait Within Domestic Interior Signed, dated, and inscribed (at lower left): J.B. Stearns N.Y. 1850, entire view sans frame

Julius Brutus Stearns (1810-1885) Family Group Portrait Within Domestic Interior Signed, dated, and inscribed (at lower left): J.B. Stearns N.Y. 1850, detail view 1

Julius Brutus Stearns (1810-1885) Family Group Portrait Within Domestic Interior Signed, dated, and inscribed (at lower left): J.B. Stearns N.Y. 1850, detail view 2

Julius Brutus Stearns (1810-1885) Family Group Portrait Within Domestic Interior Signed, dated, and inscribed (at lower left): J.B. Stearns N.Y. 1850, detail view 3

Julius Brutus Stearns (1810-1885) Family Group Portrait Within Domestic Interior Signed, dated, and inscribed (at lower left): J.B. Stearns N.Y. 1850, detail view 4

Julius Brutus Stearns (1810-1885) Family Group Portrait Within Domestic Interior Signed, dated, and inscribed (at lower left): J.B. Stearns N.Y. 1850, signature

Julius Brutus Stearns (1810-1885) Family Group Portrait Within Domestic Interior Signed, dated, and inscribed (at lower left): J.B. Stearns N.Y. 1850, back view

Julius Brutus Stearns (1810-1885) Family Group Portrait Within Domestic Interior Signed, dated, and inscribed (at lower left): J.B. Stearns N.Y. 1850, back detail 1

Julius Brutus Stearns (1810-1885) Family Group Portrait Within Domestic Interior Signed, dated, and inscribed (at lower left): J.B. Stearns N.Y. 1850, back detail 2

Julius Brutus Stearns (1810-1885) Family Group Portrait Within Domestic Interior Signed, dated, and inscribed (at lower left): J.B. Stearns N.Y. 1850, back detail 3



Portrait, Lady in Blue
Attributed to Joseph Blackburn (Active 1752 through 1777)


Portrait, Lady in Blue
Attributed to Joseph Blackburn (Active 1752 through 1777), entire view

The appeal of Blackburn's work is apparent in this half-length portrait of a stylish young lady with fashionably rouged cheeks rendered in an elegant pose; a pinned ribbon ornaments her bodice and meticulously rendered lace is featured on her sleeves and the square-cut neck of her dress. The subjects outstretched arms and hands are typical of Blackburn's oeuvre. The canvas was long ago re-stretched; there is extremely minor scattered in-painting.
(Dimensions: 27.75 by 35.75".)

$19,500

786-7


Portrait, Lady in Blue
Attributed to Joseph Blackburn (Active 1752 through 1777), scale view



19th Century Portrait, Woman Seated Within Interior at Worktable
Anonymous, Circa 1820
Oil on canvas


Antique Portrait of a Seated Woman, Oil on Canvas, Circa 1820, close up view

(Long ago stretched and mounted; very minor fill in background; frame: 31 by 36”, sight-size: 24 by 29.5”)

$1,995

925-22


Antique Portrait of a Seated Woman, Oil on Canvas, Circa 1820, with ruler for scale




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