Oil on canvas portrait, circa 1850, of the Scudder daughters of Barnstable, Massachusetts retaining the Chinese artist Hin Qua's label which is attached to the reverse of the original Chinese Chippendale frame. Accompanying the painting is a sixth plate daguerreotype, circa 1848, of the two girls on which the painting was based. The girls are wearing different dresses in the two pictures but for this one detail they are extremely similar including the stenciled floor. It was not uncommon for Chinese artists to paint portraits of western subjects based on daguerreotypes however it is extremely rare for the 2 portraits to exist for many years together. (PA-979)
Provenance: These items were acquired directly from the family, having descended through the Rose, Shaw, Scudder and Converse families. Family history identifies the girls as Hattie (1847-1862) and Eliza Scudder, daughters of Eleazer Scudder and Eliza Temperance Lovell Scudder of Barnstable.
Condition of painting: refer to condition report from Yost Restoration.
Condition of daguerreotype: The original protective glass was recently cleaned and the image resealed. The Dag is in an old wood frame that is not original.
Dimensions of painting: Height 25 ¾; Width 21 ¼ inches.
Dimensions of painting frame Height 30; Width 25.75 inches.