Early 19th C. portrait of a young boy painted by Robert Street (1796-1865). Outstanding three-quarter length oil on canvas portrait of a young boy seated, with a finely executed lace collar, holding a book titled “Youth’s Friend”, a writing tablet and a drawstring bag next to him on the floor, signed and dated
“R. Street 1832", in its original period lemon gold frame. Nice overall crazing to the surface, one tiny
repair to the upper left hand corner, very small amount of in-painting. Sitter is unidentified.
Robert Street was a highly respected and popular portraitist of his time. Nothing is known of his life
prior to 1815 except for the fact that he was born in Germantown, PA in 1796. He first exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Ar from 1817-1822. In 1824 he showed three historical paintings in Wash., D.C., and that same year was commissioned to paint a portrait of Andrew Jackson, which still hangs in the White House today. In 1840 a catalogued exhibition of his work was held at the Artists Fund Hall in Philadelphia. He also exhibited at the Artists Guild until 1845; at the Franklin Institute from 1847-1851; at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts until 1861; and at the Apollo Association in New York in 1838-39.
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