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It Came from the Vault: Rarely Seen Works from MAG’s Collection

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Mrs. Rachel Tooker

3 1/2 x 3 in. (8.9 x 7.6 cm)

Justus DaLee
American (Pittstown, New York, 1793 - 1878, Eden, Wisconsin)

Object Type: Watercolor
Medium and Support: Watercolor, ink and graphite on paper
Credit Line: Gift of Robert and Diane Tichell
Accession Number: 1986.129
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Location: Not currently on view

Justus DaLee, a former professor of penmanship in nearby Palmyra, was an itinerant painter of small portraits, always in profile. By 1840, he was working in Rochester, taking advantage of the population and economic boom that had come with the opening of the Erie Canal 15 years earlier. Nothing is known of the sitter, Mrs. Rachel Tooker, aged 69, of Pittsford. Within a couple of years of painting her likeness, DaLee had moved to Buffalo, where his occupation was listed as “grocer.”

[Label text from It Came From the Vault exhibition, 2013]

Artist's signature, verso: Mrs. Rachel Tooker/1845/By Mr. Da Lee/of / Pittsford NY

Inscription, in the image: Rachael Tooker / AE 69 last Aug. / Taken Nov. 20 / 1845

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