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ATTRIBUTED TO WILLIAM MATTHEW PRIOR (1806-1873)

A PORTRAIT OF A YOUNG WOMAN

oil on board, 15 5/8 x 12½in.
Provenance
Northeast Auctions, Hampton Falls, New Hampshire
Christie's New York, October 19, 1991, Lot 43

Lot Essay

Born in Bath, Maine, little is known of Prior's early education or work as an artist. His first portrait painting is recorded during 1823, although he was advertised as a sign, ornamental painter and decorator. His portraits ranged in lower prices, which demonstrated his flexibility in satisfying his customers' needs and limitations. Prior is frequently associated with his brother-in-law, Sturtevant J. Hamblin, and thus, artists whose works are executed in a similar style and manner are known as the "Prior-Hamblin School."
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