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Portrait of William T. Porter

Item

Title

Portrait of William T. Porter

Creator

Henry Inman
American, 1801–1846

Date

1844

Materials

Graphite on paper

Description

A skilled portraitist, Henry Inman painted many of New York City’s politicians, businessman, and literary figures in the 1830s and ’40s. He probably became acquainted with journalist and editor William T. Porter there in the early 1830s. This portrait was included in the 1846 memorial exhibition for the artist. Writing the next year, Henry Tuckerman, a major critical voice of the era, thought the sketch achieved “a peculiar charm” by having been “executed off-hand.” Given from artist to sitter “as a feeble token of esteem,” according to Inman, it was an informal portrait born of friendship and mutual admiration.

Source

The John Driscoll American Drawings Collection

Identifier

2018.158

Rights

This image is posted publicly for non-profit educational uses, excluding printed publication. Other uses may not be permitted.