John Ritto Penniman
Born Milford, Mass., about 1782.
Died Baltimore, October 15, 1841.

Portrait of a Man, 18041
Oil on canvas
29 x 24 1/8 in. (73.7 x 61.3 cm)
Charlotte E. W. Buffington Fund, 1989.166

Bottom right, in yellow paint: "Æt 21.Y. 11. M."

On the reverse of the canvas, in script, at top center, in black crayon: "Painted by/John Ritto Penniman/Boston Jany 30/1804" (fig.1)

Figure 1. Infrared reflectogram of Penniman's signature on the reverse of Portrait of a Man.

On the reverse of the canvas, upper right corner, in graphite: "Died"2

E. A. Boardman, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, by 1935; Mr. and Mrs. Roland Carlson, North Dartmouth, Massachusetts.3

Andrews 1981, 147, 151, 152, and 165.

Andrews 1982, 147, 151, 152, 165, and addendum to the checklist, n.p.

John Ritto Penniman (1782–1841): An Ingenious New England Artist, Worcester Art Museum, February 26–April 25, 1982, cat. p. 147.

1. This painting has also been published as Portrait of a Gentleman (Andrews 1981, 147).

2. In 1980, Penniman scholar Carol Damon Andrews recorded the following inscription: "Died May 25, 1813 @31." Only the word "Died" could be confirmed during the examination undertaken for this catalogue.

3. According to Carol Damon Andrews, a tag that was once attached to this portrait identified Boardman as its owner. Andrews to David R. Brigham, May 29, 2000, object file, Worcester Art Museum.