Artist C.R. Parker was a prolific portraitist for the wealthy Southern planter class. Known for imbuing his sitters with an impression of deep character, he painted portraits throughout the South in the 1830s and 1840s, traveled through New Orleans several times and created likenesses of New Orleans society ladies, including Mrs. John Andrews (Penelope Lynch Adams) and the lovely Creole lady pictured. His portrait exhibits his skill at the careful rendering of his female subjects’ jewelry. Learn more »
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A Connecticut native, by 1825 C.R. Parker was working as an artist in Louisiana, where he received a commission for several large portraits for the state capitol. From 1828 to 1832, Parker studied in England, where he exhibited with the Free Society of Artists and befriended John James Audubon. Upon returning to New Orleans, he opened a studio and in the 1830s and 1840s traversed the Deep South, becoming one of the most prolific itinerant portraitists for the newly wealthy planter class. His paintings are noted for delicate craftsmanship and careful rendering of fine jewelry.
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Staff of the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities. "C.R. Parker." In KnowLA Encyclopedia of Louisiana, edited by David Johnson. Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, 2010–. Article published September 12, 2012. http://www.knowla.org/entry/1326/&view=summary.
Staff of the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities. "C.R. Parker." KnowLA Encyclopedia of Louisiana. Ed. David Johnson. Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, 12 Sept 2012. Web. 21 Jan. 2017.