Portrait of Agnes Frazee and Her Child

Milton William Hopkins, American, 1789 - 1844

Made in United States, North and Central America


Oil on canvas

30 x 26 inches (76.2 x 66 cm) Framed: 35 1/4 × 31 1/8 × 3 1/4 inches (89.5 × 79.1 × 8.3 cm)

Curatorial Department:
American Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

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Credit Line:
The Collection of Edgar William and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch, 1972

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During the early nineteenth century, itinerant portrait makers such as Hopkins traveled from town to town providing inexpensive likenesses to a burgeoning middle class of farmers and merchants. Born in Connecticut, Hopkins worked as an ornamental painter before advertising his services as an art instructor and portrait painter in New York and later Ohio. His meticulous attention to laces and decorative accessories, and the small precise brushstrokes he used to model the faces of Agnes and her baby, befit Hopkins's training as an ornamental painter.