painting on palette

William J. Forsyth (American, 1854-1935)

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Forsyth decorated this palette with two small landscape sketches “tacked” to it with pins painted in the trompe l’oeil (fool the eye) manner. This whimsical object was presented by him to his early benefactor, Indianapolis dry goods store owner Thomas E. Hibben, who helped finance Forsyth’s studies in Germany.

Object Information

artist
William J. Forsyth (American, 1854-1935)
creation date
n.d.
materials
oil on mahogany
dimensions
17 x 13-1/4 in. (wood palette)
accession number
75.22
credit line
Gift of Phyllisann Hibben Courtis in memory of Dr. James H. Hibben
copyright
Public Domain
collection
American Painting and Sculpture to 1945
colors

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