Portrait by William M. Prior

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Portrait of Elliot F. Clark (1816-1908) of Hollis and Portland, Maine.
Attributed to William M. Prior (1806-1873) of Portland, Maine and Boston, Massachusetts.
1835 – 1840.
Oil on canvas.
Held in the original frame that has been repainted.

Why do we love it? As arresting as our rosy-cheeked Mr. Clark is, the unusual subject and coloring of the background is just as interesting.