Samuel Williams

Samuel Williams

c. 1817

Washington Allston

(American, 1779-1843)

Oil on canvas

Framed: 172.5 x 142.5 x 14 cm (67 15/16 x 56 1/8 x 5 1/2 in.); Unframed: 142.2 x 111.8 cm (56 x 44 in.)

Mr. and Mrs. William H. Marlatt Fund 1965.474

Fun Fact

Allston experimented with painting recipes, even attempting to mix his pigment colors with skimmed milk.

Description

Allston’s portrait of his London banker and business agent explores the experience of reverie. Williams
looks off absently, perhaps inspired by the pictures in the book he holds. With its view of an Italianate
landscape beyond the columns of this invented setting, the painting seemingly invites viewers to join
the sitter in dreaming about faraway places.

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