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Ira Baker, 1830
Royall Brewster Smith

Gorham, Maine
Oil on canvas, Image H: 30.625 in, Image W: 26.5 in, Frame H: 35 in, Frame W: 31 in
Gift of Edith G. Halpert, 1950  50.2145
Not On View
Primary Title Notes: This sitter was previously known only as The Becker Man, but was recently identified by one of his descendants as Ira Baker of Gorham Maine
Inscriptions:
recto: c.r. yellow paint "BORN DEC 26th, 1795. / PAINTED AUGst, 1830."; stretcher: u.c. graphite "343"; tacking edge: u.l. blue ink "#40d"

Labels/Stamps:
stretcher: u.c. printed paper label "ISABEL CARLETON WILDE / COLLECTION OF / EARLYU AMERICAN FOLK ART"; u.c. printed and typed paper label "NO. 40 A&B / TITLE THE BECKER PORTRAITS (PAIR [stamp black ink] JUN xx [illegible] P.M. / BY UNKNOWN / MEDIUM OIL ON CANVAS DATE 1830 / SIZE 26 1/2 x 31" FOUND: WILDE COLLECTION, CAMBRIDGE MASS. / S.P. RII pt. INFORMATION: Inscribed: BORN DEC. 26, 1795 / PAINTED AUGUST 1830 / American Folk Art Gallery . 43 E. 51st St. New York

Provenance: Alice Carelton Wilde; to Mrs. Edith Halpert, New York, New York
Exhibition History:
"American Folk Art in the Collection of the Newark Museum," The Newark Museum, Newark, New Jersey (Summer - Fall 1967)

"The Early American Tradition", (Sept. 1952)

Keywords: Portrait, Male, Painting, Folk art