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Ezra Ames (1768-1836)
Date: ca. 1810
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Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: Overall: 30 x 24 x 1 in. ( 76.2 x 61 x 2.5 cm )
Description: In this self-portrait, Ames is wearing a steel-gray coat, cream waistcoat, and white shirt; his eyes are gray and his hair is graying; he is set against a brown background.
Credit Line: Purchase, The Watson Fund
Object Number: 1967.11
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This portrait was formerly owned by Ellen A. Wade and Mary Wade Dahl, adn the subject was identified as the artist's half-brother Henry Ames. Several self-portraits were painted by Ezra Ames, and five of these are listed in Bolton and Cortelyou's Ezra Ames of Albany, pp. 203-204. This portrait may be no. 12 in that catalog, which is described as: "Unfinished. A portrait of 'Ezra Ames unfinished' is listed and appraised at $25.00 in the Inventory, 1836, of the Ezra Ames estate. Unlocated."