Moses Wight (American/Massachusetts, 1827-1895) oil on canvas portrait of a young woman, standing on a veranda between flowering trellises and attired in an off the shoulder, full length blue dress with lace collar and red paisley shawl, holding a leafy branch in her hands. Signed and dated 1858 mid-right margin (on veranda). Charles E. Cobb/Boston, Massachusetts framer label en verso. Housed in an a early 20th century molded gilt wood and composition frame. Sight – 43 1/4" H x 35 1/4" W. Framed – 50 1/4" H x 42 1/4" W. Biography: Moses Wight kept studios in Boston for most of his career and exhibited at the New England Art Union and the Boston Athaneum. He also studied in Paris with Antoine Hebert and Leon Bonnat and in Berlin, where he earned some key European commissions. In the U.S., he painted Ralph Waldo Emerson and Josiah Quincy III. His studio, along with several canvases, was burned in the great Boston fire of 1872. He moved to Paris in 1890. CONDITION: Canvas relined with linen. Shawl and skirt show scattered areas of inpainting under blacklight inspection. Some rubbing to canvas perimeter of frame. See blacklight photo.
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