May 13, 2014–January 8, 2017

Probably Lowell, Massachusetts

c. 1831–1832

Watercolor, gouache, pencil, and ink on paper

Collection American Folk Art Museum, New York

Gift of Ralph Esmerian, 2013.1.13

Photo © John Bigelow Taylor, New York

Samuel Addison Shute (1803-1836) and Ruth Whittier Shute (1803-1882)

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Master Burnham

In contrast to the small, drab-color portraits of the Burnhams, the Shutes’ likeness of the surviving Burnham son is in beautiful transparent blues and on the large scale more usually associated with their work. A flourishing rosebush next to the boy stands in poignant comparison to the fallen roses and wreath in the mourning piece for his sister.

Stacy C. Hollander, “Master Burnham,” exhibition label for Self-Taught Genius: Treasures from the American Folk Art Museum. Stacy C. Hollander and Valérie Rousseau, curators. New York: American Folk Art Museum, 2014.