Item 14677 - Portrait, Ann Cascoline Merrill Staples, ca. 1835

Item 14677 - Portrait, Ann Cascoline Merrill Staples, ca. 1835
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Item 14677
Portrait, Ann Cascoline Merrill Staples, ca. 1835
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This oil portrait of Ann Cascoline Merrill Staples shows her as a young woman. She married Ai Staples in 1832 and they ran a successful chandlery business in Portland.

The portrait has been attributed to William Mathew Prior (1806-1873). William Mathew Prior was a folk art portrait painter who was born and raised in Bath, Maine. He painted for many years in Bath until he moved to East Boston where he wrote two books and continued to paint. There are bout 1,500 portraits attributed to Prior, and his works can be found in many museums and institutions around the United States.

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