A Sculptor's Studio

Tompkins H. Matteson (1813-1884) Artist
1857 Date:
Oil on canvas Medium
29 H x 37 1/2 W Dimensions
Signed and dated lower left: T. H. Matteson/1857 Inscription
Gift of Walter Launt Palmer in memory of his mother, Mary Jane Seamans Palmer Credit
1907.51 Accession number
The studio interior is a comparatively rare genre, having gained relative popularity in America during the mid-nineteenth century. No example is more pertinent to the history of art in Albany than A Sculptor's Studio, which presents an uncommon scene in the studio of a contemporary sculptor, rather than a painter. Tompkins H. Matteson became well known at mid-century for genre and historical subjects. A Sculptor's Studio documents a relationship between painter Matteson and sculptor Erastus Dow Palmer, whose studio had become a center for Albany artists by the late 1840s. Palmer stands in the foreground of his studio, modeling a bust, while an assistant sits nearby. In the background is Palmer's stonecutting workshop. All the works shown in the painting are known pieces by Palmer, and the painting represents a tribute to the most renowned sculptor working in America at the time. Additional comments

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