Caroline Schetky Richardson's Paint Box
Of Caroline Schetky Richardson (American, 1790–1852)
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)
Medium or Technique
Mahogany, mahogany veneer and pine with brass hardware and ivory pulls; oil cloth on display board
C. Kevin and G. Barrie Landry Gallery (Gallery 126)
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.
Gift of William and Nancy Osgood