Moore, Lydia Ann
Heade, Martin Johnson
A melancholy Lydia Ann Moore, aged 33, is the subject of this portrait painted by Martin Johnson Heade (1819-1904). Heade executed other commissions for this Trenton family, painting Lydia's husband Charles, and his brother Imlah, who together operated a flour, grain, and oil factory under the name, I. & C. Moore.
Born in Lumbersville, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Heade is best known for his paintings of tropical birds and flowers. These subjects he studied directly while on painting expeditions to South America, and West Indies, British Columbia, California and Florida during the 1860s and 1870s. In 1885 this peripatetic artist, naturalist and sometime poet settled in St. Augustine, Florida where he lived the last two decades of his life.
25" X 30"
Oil on canvas; gilt frame
Gift of Dr. Peter J. Koblenzer.
General Collection, Museum Collection, The Athenaeum of Philadelphia