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Frederic A. Delano [1811-1857], son of the sitter, New York;[1] by descent in the Delano family, Fairhaven, Massachusetts, to the grandson of the sitter, Frederic A. Delano [1863-1953], Washington, D.C.;[2] gift 1942 to NGA.

Exhibition History

Annual Exhibition, National Academy of Design, New York, 1852, no. 449, as Portrait of a Gentleman.

Technical Summary

The support is a medium-weight, plain-weave fabric. It has been lined, but cusping is present along all four edges. Stenciled on the reverse of the original canvas is "WILLIAMS & STEVENS / 353 / BROADWAY / NEW-YORK."[1] The ground layer is thick, smooth, and white. Flesh tones are blended with a minimum of impasto, while the garments are painted thickly and opaquely. In the olive background, an appearance of a slight, swirling texture was created by a thin layer of glazing laid down over more thickly applied paint. Small losses and areas of inpainting occur in the sitter's hair, at his hairline, and on his coat. A tiny cut or puncture is evident in the upper left part of the background. The evenly applied varnish is heavy and has discolored.

[1] The original stencil mark, now concealed, was copied on to the reverse of the new lining fabric.


"Exhibition of the National Academy of Design." Knickerbocker 39 (June 1852): 564.
"Fine Arts." Home Journal 7 (8 May 1852): 2.
"Fine Arts: The National Academy of Design." The Albion 2 (24 April/8 May 1852): 226.
Tuckerman 1867, 302.
Richardson, Edgar P. "Captain Warren Delano by Charles Loring Elliot." The Art Quarterly 5 (Autumn 1942): 349-351, repro. 350.
Richardson, Edgar P. American Romantic Painting. New York, 1944: 15, 33, no. 130, repro.
Schmidt, Philip F. "Charles Loring Elliott (1812-1868): American Portrait Painter." M.A. thesis, University of Minnesota, 1955: 39, 43, fig. 19.
American Paintings and Sculpture: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1970: 58, repro.
American Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1980: 156, repro.
American Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1992: 175, repro.
Kelly, Franklin, with Nicolai Cikovsky, Jr., Deborah Chotner, and John Davis. American Paintings of the Nineteenth Century, Part I. The Collections of the National Gallery of Art Systematic Catalogue. Washington, D.C., 1996: 225-227, color repro.

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