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Joshua Johnson : “Portrait of Mrs. Barbara Baker Murphy (Wife of Sea Captain)” (c. 1810)

Archival Inkjet on Matte Finish Fine Art Paper

The Ibis’s giclée process uses archival pigment inks on 100% cotton rag paper to achieve crisp detail and rich, lasting color. Unlike posters, they will not yellow with time, but will maintain their original quality for as long as you own them. If you are unhappy with your print for any reason, you are welcome to return it for a full refund.

Joshua Johnson, a self-trained artist and former slave, is the earliest documented professional African American painter. Two of his sitters were Captain John Murphy and his wife, Irish immigrants who lived in Baltimore, where Johnson painted many merchants, seamen, and their families. In these portraits — intended to hang side-by-side — the artist delighted in fine details, from the captain’s artfully arranged curls to his wife’s sheer lace collar.

Credit Line: Text courtesy of the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

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