Face to Face
Through January 2022
Attributed to George Henry Harlow (English, 1787–1819)
Mother and Child, ca. 1800–20
Oil on canvas
36 x 28 in.
Collection of Washington County Museum of Fine Arts
Gift of Beatrice and Milton Denbo, A1222,62.0017
As a complement to Joshua Johnson: Portraitist of Early American Baltimore, the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts presents a companion exhibition focusing on European and American portraits from the permanent collection. These works expand the context of the Johnson exhibition and allow for a deeper understanding of his portraiture both before and during his lifetime. Face to Face: Portraits from the 18th and 19th Centuries explores significant trends in American and European portraiture, centering on issues related to social and political history in England, continental Europe, and America from the colonial to antebellum periods. This exhibition features works by Jacob Houbraken, Peter Pelham, George Henry Harlow and Angelica Kaufmann. Significant American painters include John Wollaston, John Hesselius, the Peales, Alfred Jacob Miller, William Joseph Williams, and William Matthew Prior.