A young gentleman seated in a red armchair
Attributed to Erastus Salisbury Field (1805-1900)
Probably Massachusetts, circa 1830
Oil on canvas, 14 x 11 inches, with original veneered block corner frame
Measuring just 14 x 11 inches, this is one of two rare small size portraits attributed to Field, the other depicting a dwarfed boy in red holding a rattle, 12 x 9 inches, illustrated in Mary Black, Erastus Salisbury Field 1805-1900 (Springfield, MA, 1984), Pl. 4, Cat. no. 14. The red armchair with scrolled arm terminal depicted in this work is a feature associated with portraits painted by Field dating to 1829-1830. Examples of other Field portraits with this feature include the 1829 portraits of Julia Tuttle Bangs and her son Frederick Werner Bangs of Springfield, Massachusetts, illustrated in Black as Figs. 59-60, p. 95, and the 1830 portraits of Julius and Eliza Shepard Gilman of East Hartford, Connecticut, illustrated in Reginald E. French, “Erastus Salisbury Field 1805-1900,” The Connecticut Historical Society Bulletin, Volume 28, No 4, October 1963, Figs. 84-85.