The Dunlap Family

The Dunlap Family
The Dunlap Family
The Dunlap Family
Title
The Dunlap Family
Date 
1788
Medium 
Oil on canvas
Dimensions 
Overall: 42 1/4 x 49 in. ( 107.3 x 124.5 cm ) frame: 42 3/8 x 50 5/8 x 2 1/4 in. ( 107.6 x 128.6 x 5.7 cm )
Credit Line 
Gift of John Crumby
Object Number 
1858.87
Gallery Label 
This family portrait was painted not long after Dunlap's return to New York from London where he had spent three years studying painting--presumably with Benjamin West. Under the guise of a family portrait the artist represented himself as capable of painting a picture of a noble and lofty theme--a scene from Hamlet. Nonetheless, he failed to earn a living as a painter, and pursued a theatrical career instead. Many years later, in 1833, he exhibited this work at the National Academy of Design.
Bibliography 
Catalogue of American Portraits in The New-York Historical Society, New Haven: Yale University Press, Vol. 1, 1974, pp. 230-1. Brilliant, Richard, 63. TheDunlop Family or The Artist Showing a Picture from 'Hamlet' to his Parents, 1788", Group Dynamics: Family Portraits & Scenes of Everyday Llife at the New-York Historical Society, New York: The New-York Historical Society in association with The New Press, 2006, pp. 154-5.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group