Portrait of a young man seated in a chair wearing a dark jacket, white shirt with high collar and neck tie with red stick pin; holding a book in his right hand. Plain grayish-brown background; gold frame.
Phillips worked mainly in New England painting portraits commissioned by members of the wealthy new middle class that emerged after the American Revolution to celebrate their status and place in society.
“Portrait of a Man” illustrates Phillips attention to facial features, preserving the sitter’s likeness, while his fine clothing, and the copy of Milton’s “Paradise Lost” indicate his sophistication, education and affluence.
Carved wooden decoy of a Pike fish; green along dorsal region with yellow underbelly, spots and flecks of yellow, white, and black.
Used for both functional and decorative purposes, the decoy of a Pike fish is typical of Peterson’s basic design consisting of a protruding jaw, with a curved slender body and realistic color techniques. Using wood as his primary material, he also employed metal fittings for fasteners and fins.