Portrait of a ManMade in United States, North and Central America
William Matthew Prior, American, 1806 - 1873
Oil on canvas
Currently not on view
1980-64-8Gift of the estate of Edgar W. and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch, 1980
LabelBorn in Bath, Maine, William Matthew Prior may have apprenticed with an all-purpose "fancy" painter who decorated furniture and painted signs, landscapes, portraits, and marines. After working in Portland, he moved to Boston in 1839, where he set up a similar business with his wife's two brothers. From his base in Boston, he peddled his paintings into the countryside and was able to find patrons without exhibiting his work with artists' clubs or institutions.