Portrait of Mrs. Warburton of Rockboro, Virginia

Companion to Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1973-258-1

Ammi Phillips, American, 1788 - 1865

Made in United States, North and Central America

c. 1825

Oil on canvas

29 13/16 x 23 7/8 inches (75.7 x 60.6 cm)

Curatorial Department:
American Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
The Collection of Edgar William and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch, 1973

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Ammi Phillips, an itinerant portrait painter who worked across the northeastern states for decades beginning about 1810, served a well-dressed, middle-class clientele. His sitters, like Mrs. Warburton, are often shown with books and seated in fancy painted chairs. Painting with a "folk" aesthetic, Phillips created images with strong value contrasts, crisp contours, flattened forms, and lively surface patterns.