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Emma Embury

Artist
Henry Inman, 28 Oct 1801 - 17 Jan 1846
Sitter
Emma Catherine Embury, 1806 - 1863
Date
c. 1832-1834
Type
Painting
Medium
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
Stretcher: 76.8 × 63.5 × 3.2 cm (30 1/4 × 25 × 1 1/4")
Frame: 108.6 × 94.6 × 8.3 cm (42 3/4 × 37 1/4 × 3 1/4")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number
NPG.2016.23
Exhibition Label
Born New York City
Emma Catherine Embury was a popular writer of children’s stories, poems, and essays that appeared in leading periodicals during the first half of the nineteenth century. This view of Emma, with her direct gaze and confident pose, aligns with her daughter Anne K. Sheldon’s description of her: “The peculiar melodiousness of her verse rendered her one of the most graceful of song writers, while the impassioned earnestness, her scorn of injustice, her quick sympathy with the oppressed, found expression in her poems, and [runs] like an electric thread throughout them.” In the early 1830s, the painter Henry Inman (1801–1846) portrayed Emma alongside her husband, Daniel, a successful New York banker. The work prompted Edgar Allan Poe to comment on the artist’s ability to capture Emma’s “intellectual and expressive” nature. Decades later, Jacob Hart Lazarus completed this copy of the original portrait for the Embury family.
Nacida en la Ciudad de Nueva York
Emma Catherine Embury fue una popular escritora de ensayos, poemas y cuentos infantiles que aparecieron en publicaciones periódicas importantes durante la primera mitad del siglo XIX. Esta imagen de mirada directa y pose confiada concuer-da con la descripción que hace su hija, Anne K. Sheldon: “La melodía peculiar de sus versos la hizo una de las más gráciles cancionistas, mientras que su efusiva sinceridad, su repudio de la injusticia y su inmediata empatía con los oprimidos encontraron expresión en sus poemas, y [fluyen] por ellos como una descarga eléctrica”. A principios de la década de 1830, el pintor Henry Inman retrató a Emma junto a su esposo Daniel, exitoso banquero de Nueva York. Edgar Allan Poe señaló que el artista había plasmado con tino el carácter “intelectual y expresivo” de Emma. Décadas más tarde, Jacob Hart Lazarus completó esta copia del retrato original para la familia Embury.
Provenance
The artist; Daniel Embury; by family descent to Mrs. Richard Embury Neff
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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Place
United States\New York\Kings\New York\Manhattan Island