Nathaniel Parker Willis (1806-1867)

Nathaniel Parker Willis (1806-1867)
Title
Nathaniel Parker Willis (1806-1867)
Date 
1833
Medium 
Colored chalk, pastel, and touches of black crayon on beige paper
Dimensions 
Overall: 17 7/8 x 13 3/4 in. ( 45.4 x 34.9 cm ) mat: 24 1/4 x 17 5/8 in. ( 61.6 x 44.8 cm )
Description 
Portrait
Credit Line 
Purchase, Louis Durr Fund
Object Number 
1935.101
Marks 
inscription: lower right, on mat: "1807 Nathaniel Parker Willis-1870/(American Poet + Author 1833/by/Samuel Laurence, London/1811-1884"
Inscriptions 
Old mat no longer extant reportedly inscribed: "1807 Nathaniel Parker Willis -- 1870 / (American Poet & Author) 1833 / by / Samuel Laurence, London / 1811-1884"
Gallery Label 
A native of Portland, Maine, the subject eventually settled in New York where he pursued a literary career. In 1831 the editor of the New York "Mirror" sent him to tour Europe and write about his experiences. The letters, later collected in "Pencillings by the Way" (1844), made Willis a literary celebrity by the time he returned. This portrait was drawn while Willis was in England in 1834-36.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group