Attributed to Platt Powell Ryder (New York, 1821-1896), oil on canvas painting, depicting an African-American figure seated on a mule-drawn cart, likely on the road to Darbytown, Pennsylvania from the artist's native New York. The seated figure gestures toward a woman and a child who stand in the road. The people and landscape are rendered loosely while the mule is described in greater detail. Unsigned. A title plaque attached to the frame attributes the painting to "P. P. Ryder, A. N. A." Housed in a giltwood frame with title plaque. Sight: 17 1/2" W x 14 1/2" H. Frame: 24 3/4" W x 20 3/4" H. Late 19th century. Note: The Smithsonian American Art Museum's Inventory of American Paintings lists this painting or a version of the same with similar dimensions, control number 19480006, as having been in the collection of Mr. and Mrs. Allan T. Stradley of Chestertown, Maryland in 1972.
Painting in overall good condition. Frame with losses to molding and gilt.
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