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Self-Portrait

Artist
Oliver Ingraham Lay, born New York City 1845-died 1890
Sitter
Oliver Ingraham Lay
Oliver Ingraham Lay
Date
1882
Type
Painting
Medium
oil on canvas mounted on wood
Dimensions
20 x 16 1/8 in. (50.8 x 40.8 cm.)
Credit Line
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Given in memory of Charles Downing Lay and Laura Gill Lay by their children
Object number
1967.7.2
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Oliver Ingraham Lay quietly established himself as a portrait painter and teacher in New York. When he died, his obituary in the New York Times listed only a handful of his paintings that had received attention during his lifetime. In this self-portrait, he pictured himself in his painter’s smock, the light of the studio falling softly across one side of his face and barely illuminating his eyes. It is as if Lay wanted to express the quiet nature of the career he had carved out for himself. A portrait he made of his son, Charles Downing Lay, is also in the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s collection.
Data Source
Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Department
Painting and Sculpture