Relatively little is known about the portraitist O. S. Freeland. He was born in New York around 1820 and worked in Philadelphia in the 1840s and 50s, exhibiting at that city’s Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts. Here, Freeland portrays twenty-one-year-old Anna Marsh Quinton (born 1821), the daughter of Thomas and Margaret Quinton of Philadelphia. As was common practice in the nineteenth century, the picture was likely commissioned to celebrate a recent engagement, suggested by the ring on her betrothal finger in the foreground.
- Titles Portrait of Anna Mary Marsh Quinton (born 1821) (Label Display)
- Artist O. S. Freeland, American, about 1820 - 1879
- Medium oil on canvas
- Dimensions 30 1/8 × 24 7/8 in. (76.5 × 63.2 cm) frame: 39 1/4 × 34 × 2 3/8 in. (99.7 × 86.4 × 6 cm)
- Credit Line Collection of the Art Fund, Inc. at the Birmingham Museum of Art; Gift of Beverly B. Erdreich and Leslie Blumberg in memory of Beatrice and Herman Blumberg , AFI.14.2008
- Work Type painting
- Classification Paintings
- Inscription Reverse: Stenciled: W. E. ROGERS / 16 / ARCADE / PHILAD.; adhesive label with handwritten inscription: Ann Mary Marsh Quinton / daughter of Thomas and Margaret / Quinton Born May 14th, 1821
- Provenance Purchased by Beatrice Rosenberg Blumberg of Dothan, Alabama, from antique dealer (date of purchase and identity of dealer, unknown); by descent to her children, Beverly B. Erdreich and Leslie Blumberg (2006); given by the aforementioned to the Art Fund, Inc. at the Birmingham Museum of Art (2008).