Erastus Salisbury Field
Portrait of Augusta Mason Doten
North America, American, Massachusetts
34 1/8 in. x 27 1/4 in. (86.68 cm x 69.22 cm)
Medium and Support:
Oil on canvas
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. James Lucien Loeb
The sitter, Augusta Mason Doten, was born in 1814 to Colonel Darius Mason and Sarah Root of Sheffield, Massachusetts. Her husband, Bartlett Doten, (1986.5.1) was a descendant of John Doty, a passenger on the Mayflower. Doten was born in 1807 in Plymouth. The couple married in Sheffield in 1833 and had four children. The museum’s portraits are believed to have been painted around the time of the couple's marriage.
Erastus Salisbury Field was an itinerant portrait painter, largely self-taught, traveling from town to town in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New York, serving mostly wealthy rural patrons. Field compensated for his shortcomings in terms of depicting anatomy and illusionistic space by incorporating meticulous details such as jewelry and lace.
American Paintings from the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, 2006, cat. no. 7, p. 48.