Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Portraits attributed to American Artist Zedekiah Belknap 1781-1858


Zedekiah Belknap (American artist, 1781-1858) Hannah Beaman Thomas (1774-1855), 1836

I am not convinced, that all of these paintings are by the same hand; but they are each attributed to Belknap by one source or another. And I do believe that they are worth taking a look at.

c 1830 Zedekiah Belknap (American artist, 1781-1858) Mrs George Dewey.

Zedekiah Belknap was an itinerant portrait painter born in Auburn, Massachusettees, who grew up and was buried in Weathersfield, Vermont. He was born into a family of farmers and was the only one to attend college, graduating from Dartmouth with a divinity degree in 1807.

1833 Zedekiah Belknap (American artist, 1781-1858) Isobel Mason.

He served as a chaplain in the War of 1812 in Lt. Col Elnathan Sherwin's Regiment from Waterville, Maine. He may have combined circuit preaching with painting portraits of residents of towns & villages in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, and Vermont. He his first known portraits coincide with the year of his Dartmouth graduation, and he continued to paint until at least 1848.

1810 Zedekiah Belknap (American artist, 1781-1858) Lady with a Lace Shawl

1815 Zedekiah Belknap (American artist, 1781-1858) Mrs. Thomas Harrison

1829 Zedekiah Belknap (American artist, 1781-1858) Becky Sherwin Warren

1830 Zedekiah Belknap (American artist, 1781-1858) Rev and Mrs John Maltby, First Congregational Church, Sutton, MA.

1830 Zedekiah Belknap (American artist, 1781-1858) Portrait of a Lady

1830 Zedekiah Belknap (American artist, 1781-1858) Portrait of a Lady.

1830 Zedekiah Belknap (American artist, 1781-1858) Sarah Minot Melville.

Zedekiah Belknap (American artist, 1781-1858) Portrait of a Woman

Zedekiah Belknap (American artist, 1781-1858) Portrait of a Lady

Zedekiah Belknap (American artist, 1781-1858) Portrait of a Woman

Zedekiah Belknap (American artist, 1781-1858) New England Girl Holding Squeek Toy with Cat c 1830

Zedekiah Belknap (American artist, 1781-1858) Elsey Roosevelt Ray

Zedekiah Belknap (American artist, 1781-1858) Portrait of a Woman

Zedekiah Belknap (American artist, 1781-1858) Woman in Red

Zedekiah Belknap (American artist, 1781-1858) Young Woman with a Ruffled Collar

Zedekiah Belknap (American artist, 1781-1858) Girl with Cat

Zedekiah Belknap (American artist, 1781-1858) Woman with Gold Beads

Zedekiah Belknap (American artist, 1781-1858)Two Children with a Basket of Fruit c 1825

Zedekiah Belknap (American artist, 1781-1858) Portrait of a Young Woman

Zedekiah Belknap (American artist, 1781-1858) Child in White with Doll

Zedekiah Belknap (American artist, 1781-1858) Portrait of a Lady


Zedekiah Belknap (American artist, 1781-1858) The Farley Children

Zedekiah Belknap (American artist, 1781-1858) Portrait of a Woman

Zedekiah Belknap (American artist, 1781-1858) Dorman Theodore Warren of Townsend, MA c 1829