Watercolor portrait of a woman from Troy, New York by Ruth and Samuel Shute.
First purshased by Edith Gregor Halpert for her trend setting New York City gallery which sold American folk art to the first generation of collectors in the field early in the 20th century. A wonderful painting of a brown-eyed young woman posed in a full frontal pose, the symettry of the composition only varied by the inclusion of a leaf decorated branch painted on the crest rail of her chair.Her lace is expertly done, and in one hand she hold a small book. The picture is described by Halpert on her gallery label which still is attached to the back of the picture, as being an oval, an unusual format for these artists. The missing area beyond the bounds of an oval appears here to have been found and replaced, along with the addition of a rectangular gold leafed frame. Possibly this addition something that was originaally part of the painting and which was removed to accomodate an easily added oval frame to complete the ensemble.Or it may be a later re-construction, obviously making the image have an appearance more true to the artists' works than with out this addition.