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Oil on board
Art & Design Study Collection
UND Art Collections Repository
Mrs. Fuller Eaton was an instructor at Middlebury College Vermont, August 14, 1831 and was the mother of Harriet Eaton Ross.
Painted in Enosburgh, Vermont, by a self-taught itinerant painter, the enchanting work compares stylistically with other stiffly posed and awkwardly drawn portraits by early American limners. Interestingly, the decorative painting was executed the year of the Daguerreotype’s invention, which introduced photography as a means to capture likenesses and soon competed with the portrait painter’s trade.
The portrait was restored and framed by Professor Paul E. Barr, whose painting is also included in the exhibition. Barr was the first chair of UND’s Department of Art.
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Painted in Vermont by a self-taught itinerant painter, the portrait has a companion piece that is in the exhibition, Portrait of Harriet Eaton (1835-1863) at 4 years old, which was painted the same year and represents a member of the same family. The missing portrait, for which no photographic record is currently available, was once located in the North Dakota Room at the Chester Fritz Library (according to records dating from 1979). A search for the missing portrait is ongoing.
Good, discolored with age