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A Portrait of Ann Miller Tompkins (1813-1894) by Ammi Phillips

A Portrait of Ann Miller Tompkins (1813-1894) by Ammi Phillips

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This portrait epitomizes the graceful female poses of the artist's Kent period style (1829-1838) and is an example from a small group of portraits in which he exaggerated the sitter's wide oval neckline and adorned it with lace that forms a pendant, scalloped border to a dress with a tight upper sleeve design that balloons from the elbow before it tapers to a narrow cuff. Ann, like the other women from this group, rests one arm on a table with a book while holding an object, here a sprig of parsley.

Ann Miller was born in Somers, New York and married John M. Tompkins. They are buried in the cemetary of the Tomahawk Chapel in Somers, built by her brother Thomas Miller in 1837. The painting has descended in the family until this time.