Caroline Schetky Richardson's Paint Box

about 1820–30
Of Caroline Schetky Richardson (American, 1790–1852)


Dimensions

Height x width (Closed): 10 x 21 x 13 in. (25.4 x 53.3 x 33 cm) Height x width (Lid Open): 23 x 21 x 13 in. (58.4 x 53.3 x 33 cm) Height x width (Drawers Open): 10 x 42 x 23 1/4 in. (25.4 x 106.7 x 59.1 cm) Height x width (Drawers and Lid Open): 23 x 42 x 23 1/4 in. (58.4 x 106.7 x 59.1 cm)

Accession Number

1995.156.1

Medium or Technique

Mahogany, mahogany veneer and pine with brass hardware and ivory pulls; oil cloth on display board

On View

C. Kevin and G. Barrie Landry Gallery (Gallery 126)

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Painting

One paint box formerly belonging to Caroline Schetky Richardson.


With its many shallow drawers and adjustable top-which lifts and slides to form a drawing board-this portable chest clearly was made for an artist. Caroline Schetky Richardson, an early-nineteenth century miniature painter who worked in Philadelphia and Boston, used this box. The items displayed next to it were found inside-cakes of watercolor paint, tiny palettes, and unfinished miniatures still attached to the paper supports that made the ivories easier to handle.

Credit Line

Gift of William and Nancy Osgood