Erastus Salisbury Field (American, 1805–1900),
Portrait of Mrs. Andrew (Hulda) Judson
oil on canvas, 34 ¾ x 29 in.; 88.27 x 73.66 cm
Gift of Mrs. Rollin B. Judson, 1972.40
This portrait is from a trio painted of the Judson family in the mid 1830s, all of which are now in Joslyn’s collection. The portraits were likely painted in Connecticut, where the Judsons had relations, then taken to the family home in the Wisconsin Territory. A descendant of Hulda and her husband, Andrew, eventually became a railroad surveyor and relocated to Council Bluffs, where several generations of the family remained.
Field was an itinerant portraitist from Massachusetts who studied painting briefly under Samuel F. B. Morse in New York. The characteristically flat patterns reminiscent of folk art and the hand-stenciled frame are typical of Field’s portraits from the 1830s.