Richard Da Lee, Portrait of the Reverend Luther Lee
A stunning portrait is of the Reverend Luther Lee by Richard Da Lee (1809-1868), younger brother of Justus. While his profile lines are not as fluid as are those of his brother, they are in other ways more emphatically defined. His eyes are completely outlined, his brow arched, even the slightly open mouth shows the teeth of the sitter. Most unusual and distinct to his work within the family group of artists is the extension of parts of the composition into the black spandrel area, as the books do here. There are seven and a scroll of paper in his near hand, his chair is paint-decorated and his body is drawn in a longer pose. This work is from the late 1830's or the early 1840's.