Ruth Roberts Griswold Oil Portrait, ca. 1840s

Ruth Roberts Griswold Oil Portrait, ca. 1840s. Oil on canvas, 22 in. x 24.75 inches.

Ruth Roberts Griswold Oil Portrait, ca. 1840s. Oil on canvas, 22 in. x 24.75 inches.

 

Ruth Roberts Griswold (b. Jan 24, 1768 d. May 31, 1847) is shown in this oil portrait, painted by an itinerant artist about 1840. She was the wife of Ezra Griswold, Scioto Company proprietor. Mother of twelve children, she was an active partner in the family’s many business ventures. She is shown wearing a muslin cap. This style was popular during the 1810-1830’s. Women wore hats or caps all the time. Straw and felt hats were worn outdoors, while caps of muslin or linen were worn indoors or while working. Itinerant artists traveled through frontier, doing portraits in pencil, oil or in silhouette. Having a portrait done was indicative of the family’s economic and social rise.

Source:  Worthington Memory (A project by Worthington, Ohio Libraries & the Worthington Historical Society)