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Created by:
James Amos Porter, American, 1905 - 1970  Search this
oil paint on linen (material)
Unframed Painting: 14 x 12 x 3/4 in. (35.6 x 30.5 x 1.9 cm)
Framed Painting: 17 13/16 × 15 7/8 × 1 3/4 in. (45.2 × 40.3 × 4.4 cm)
oil paintings
Place made:
Paris, Ile-de-France, France, Europe
ca. 1935
This oil painting depicts the figure of a seated man holding an artist's palette. He is visible from the waist up, sitting in profile to the viewer. The figure, wearing a white collared shirt, turns slightly to the left, toward the viewer. He holds an artist's palette in his left hand and two brushes in his right. A wooden chair can be partially seen in the foreground right corner. The edge of an easel and canvas can be seen at the left edge of the picture. A picture frame can be seen on the wall to the right.
On the verso are three rectangular stickers adhering to the frame. One sticker is attached at the top. It has an image of James A. Porter and a block of text that reads "The Art of James A. Porter/ Dorothy Porter Wesley Research Center, Inc./ 2400 East Las Olas Blvd. ste 123/ Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301/ (954) 463-7880/ (954) 463-7881 Fax/ #63 Self Portrait."
The bottom left sticker (clear plastic) "Self-Portrait/ Oil/ ca. 1935/ collection of Dorothy Porter Wesley."
The bottom right sticker "James A. Porter/ (1905-1970)/ Dorothy Porter Wesley Research Center Archives/ pmb - 123 2400 E. Las Olas Blvd./ Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301-1529 USA/ Phone (954) 463-7880 Fax(954)463-7881/"
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Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
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Restrictions & Rights:
© James Amos Porter. Permission required for use.
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On View:
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Culture/Fourth Floor, 4 052
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture