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Sheldon Peck became a portrait painter while living in Cornwall, Vermont and developed a signature style that included stiff frontal poses and sharp-edged, dour facial expressions. In 1828, Peck moved to Jordan, New York and later to Cato, where he remained until he moved to Illinois in 1836. Sheldon Peck's portraits of Andrews and Elizabeth Ann Ferris Preston painted in Cato, New York, where the Prestons owned a general store, illustrate the changes brought about by increased patronage as a result of the nearby Erie Canal. By focusing his attention on the sitters' faces and employing a simple, half-length composition, Peck kept sitting time to a minimum.
depth 1.5 in ; height 31.25 in ; width 28.75 in