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    Artist Name:

    William James Hubard

    Nationality & Life Dates:

    American, 1807–1862


    Portrait of William Anton Shafer


    ca. 1848–1862


    Oil on canvas


    Image/Sight: 40 1/2 x 30 3/4 inches

    Credit Line:

    Gift of Randy Siegel in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Rudolph Augustus Siegel

    Accession Number:


    On View - Stent Family Wing, Third Level, Gallery 304
    Trained as a paper silhouette artist in his native England, William James Hubard turned to oil painting at the encouragement of the American painters Thomas Sully and Gilbert Stuart, whom he met in Philadelphia. He traveled south to Richmond, where he established himself as a respected portrait painter. This undated portrait is a fine example of this Southern-based artist’s work. The subject is a young boy of about five to seven years of age, shown in elegant dress and leaning against a rocking horse. Common possessions among the children of the well-to-do in the United States in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, rocking horses not only served as childhood entertainment, but also offered young children the opportunity to imitate the equestrian skills they were expected to acquire as adults. The rocking horse in this portrait is elaborate, with a pony hide, horsehair mane and tail, and a decorated bridle.

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