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Creator Name: Earl, Ralph
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1751-1801
Creator Name-CRT: Ralph Earl
Title: Elijah Boardman
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1789
Creation End Date: 1789
Creation Date: 1789
Object Type: Paintings
Materials and Techniques: oil on canvas
Dimensions: 83 x 51 in. (210.8 x 129.5 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 1979.395
Credit Line: Bequest of Susan W. Tyler, 1979

In this painting the richly dressed dry goods merchant Elijah Boardman (1760-1823) stands in his store in New Milford, Connecticut. His right hand rests on a counting desk protected and decorated by green cloth secured with brass nails. The shelves of the desk house books, including Moore's 'Travels,' Shakespeare's plays, Milton's 'Paradise Lost,' Johnson's dictionary, and the 'London Magazine' for 1786. Through the open paneled door to the right of the subject, bolts of plain and patterned textiles, including one with a prominently displayed British tax stamp, invite inspection and tell the viewer how Boardman earned a living, just as the books in his desk and the lettter in his hand speak of his learning and awareness of culture. Earl also painted Esther Boardman, sister to Elijah (1991.338).

AMICA ID: MMA_.1979.395
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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