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James Brown's portraits have long been held in high esteem despite the lack of any concrete biographical information about his life. Until recently the artist was identified only as J. Brown. He painted a handful of Massachusetts subjects between 1806-1808 and depicted his sitters with clear, angular facial features that convey a strong sense of individuality and character. The artist also paid great attention to clothing details and accessories in his otherwise simple compositions. At the time this portrait was painted, Laura Hall lived with her parents, who were tavern-keepers, in Cheshire, Massachusetts. This unusual life-size portrait was rendered shortly before her 21st birthday. Two years later she married Ambrose Kasson and they eventually settled in Deerfield, New York, where they raised seven children.
depth 2.75 in ; height 78.5 in ; width 42.5 in