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This oil portrait of Ann Cascoline Merrill Staples shows her as a young woman. She married Ai Staples in 1832 and they ran a successful chandlery business in Portland.
The portrait has been attributed to William Mathew Prior (1806-1873). William Mathew Prior was a folk art portrait painter who was born and raised in Bath, Maine. He painted for many years in Bath until he moved to East Boston where he wrote two books and continued to paint. There are bout 1,500 portraits attributed to Prior, and his works can be found in many museums and institutions around the United States.
About This Item
- Title: Portrait, Ann Cascoline Merrill Staples, ca. 1835
- Creator: Prior, William Matthew
- Creation Date: circa 1835
- Subject Date: circa 1835
- Town: Portland
- County: Cumberland
- State: ME
- Media: Oil on canvas
- Dimensions: 81 cm x 67 cm
- Local Code: A86-919
- Object Type: Image
For more information about this item, contact:Maine Historical Society
485 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101
(207) 774-1822 x219
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