Portrait of a Woman

Edwin Plummer, American, 1802 - 1880


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about 1828

Transparent and opaque watercolor over graphite on wove paper

Sheet: 4 1/2 × 3 7/16 in. (11.5 × 8.8 cm)

Frame: 5 1/2 × 4 3/4 in. (14 × 12.1 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Gift of M. Elaine Tefft and the late Stanton E. Tefft, in memory of Gerald and Dorothy Shea



Place Made: United States, North America


19th century

Object Name


Research Area


Not on view


Inscribed, on reverse, in light graphite: B (G?) / HC / 18??

Course History

WRIT 7.24, Past Imperfect, Cynthia Monroe, Spring 2019

WRIT 7.24, Past Imperfect, Cynthia Monroe, Spring 2019

HIST 9.01, America: From Invasion to Independence, Paul Musselwhite, Fall 2019

HIST 5.14, Americas: Invasion to Independence, Paul Musselwhite and Ernesto Mercadeo-Montero, Fall 2022

History 5.14, Americas: From Invasion to Independence, Ernesto Mercado-Montero and Paul Musselwhite, Fall 2023

Exhibition History

American Art, Colonial to Modern, Israel Sack Gallery and Rush Family Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, July 31, 2019-January 20, 2020.

American Folk Art at the Hood Museum of Art (a thematic partial permanent gallery installation); Israel Sack Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, July 16, 2015.

Published References

Reference: Deborah M. Child, “Edwin Plummer and his ‘Portrait Likenesses,’” in Antiques and Fine Art Magazine, vol. 11, issue 3 (Summer/Autumn 2011), http://www.afanews.com/articles/item/826-edwin-plummer-and-his-portrait-likenesses#.UWSHL6I3sl8


Gerald and Dorothy Shea, New York City and Bedford and Wolfeboro, New Hampshire; sold (either via Gerald Shea’s estate auction sale or directly) in the late 1970s or early 1980s to M. Elaine Tefft, Bedford, New Hampshire; transferred to the Marie Elaine Tefft Revocable Trust in September, 2003; given to present collection, 2014.

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