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New Hampshire Prior-Hamblen Portrait

Mid-19th C. Prior-Hamblen portrait of a woman, attributed to Jacob Bailey Moore. Oil on artist’s board in a period maple frame. J. Bailey Moore was born in Candia, NH in 1815 and worked as an itinerant painter throughout New England. He is considered part of the Prior-Hamblen school, five 19th C. artists associated with William Matthew Prior because of the similarities in their portrait styles. Although the sitter in this work is unidentified, Moore is known to have executed portraits of three members of the Cass family, probably in the 1830s. Those portraits are on display at the Fitts Museum in New Hampshire. The family resemblance between the sitter and Hannah Brown Cass is striking and they may have been sisters. Purchased in 1941 By Doris Stockman, possibly from Roger Bacon, this portrait was exhibited at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston on temporary loan in 1971. It has the Museum’s label on the reverse and a pencilled record of its donor. Sight size is 9½” x 13½”; framed dimensions are 17½” x 21½”.