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Woman with a Book

A work made of oil on yellow poplar panel.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of oil on yellow poplar panel.

Date:

1827/30

Artist:

Jonas Welch Holman
American, 1805–1873

About this artwork

Jonas Holman worked as a portrait painter, writer, doctor, and preacher, supporting himself through these vocations as he traveled among Baptist congregations. By 1827 he had made his way to Philadelphia where he painted seven known portraits, among them Woman with a Book and Man with a Pen. In these works Holman substituted a brilliant, tasseled curtain for a plain background. He showed his sitters in painted "fancy" chairs, with broad, Greek Revival crest rails, similar to painted furniture made in Philadelphia or Baltimore. Like Ammi Phillips, Holman used props that pointed to the sitters’ erudition; he also concentrated on the details of his sitters’ costumes, showing women with rings and earrings and men with stickpins fastened to cravats.

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American Art

Artist

Jonas Welch Holman

Title

Woman with a Book

Origin

United States

Date

c. 1827–1830

Medium

Oil on yellow poplar panel

Dimensions

70.8 × 54.6 cm (27 7/8 × 21 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Robert Allerton

Reference Number

1946.393

Extended information about this artwork

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