Artist Robert Feke, American, 1705-1767
Title
  • Mrs. John Banister
Date 1748
Medium oil on canvas
Dimensions Unframed: 50 1/2 × 40 1/2 inches (128.3 × 102.9 cm)
Framed: 57 1/2 × 48 1/2 × 2 1/4 inches (146.1 × 123.2 × 5.7 cm)
Credit Line Gift of Dexter M. Ferry, Jr.
Accession Number 44.283
Department American Art before 1950
On View American W261, Level 2 (see map)
1748-1767, John Banister (Newport, Rhode Island, USA);
ca. 1767-1803, his son, John Bannister H. (Newport, Rhode Island, USA);
1803-1815, his brother, Thomas Banister (Lawrence, New York, USA);
1815-1823, his daughter, Alice Hermione Pelham Banister McNeil (Lawrence, New York, USA);
1823-1841, Thomas Hewlett (Lawrence, New York, USA);
1841-1870, Mary Hewlett (Lawrence, New York, USA);
1870-1890, James Hewlett (Lawrence, New York, USA);
1890-1917, Mary Sanderson Hewlett (Lawrence, New York, USA);
1917-1931, George Hewlett (Brooklyn, New York, USA).
ca. 1944, Stephen C. Clark (New York, New York, USA);
1944, William MacBeth, Inc. (New York, New York, USA);
1944-present, gift to the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
[NOTE: ALL PUBLICATIONS REFER TO WORK AS MRS. JOSIAH MARTIN, UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED.]

Banister, John. "Waste Book 1746-1749." MS in the collection of the Rhode Island Historical Society, Providence, p. 369.

Bolton, Theodore, and Harry Lorin Binsse. "Robert Feke, First Painter to the Colonial Aristocracy; Biography with a Check-list of His Works." The Antiquarian 15 (October 1930): pp. 37, 74, 82.

Foote, Henry Wilder. Robert Feke: Colonial Portrait Painter. Cambridge, MA, 1930, pp. 164-165.

Burroughs, Clyde H. "Mrs. Josiah Martin by Robert Feke, American (1705-1750)." Bulletin of the DIA 24, 5 (1945): pp. 64-65.

"Our Earliest American Painting." Toledo Museum News 109 (September 1945): n.p.

"Parted by Fame." The Art Digest 19, 18 (July 1, 1945): p. 12.

Parker, Barbara N. "Self-Taught American: Robert Feke." The American Collector 15 (October 1946): pp. 6-7.

"The Martins of Rock Hall." Antiques 50 (December 1946): p. 398.

Robert Feke. Exh. cat., The Whitney Museum of American Art. New York, 1946, no. 18.

Flexner, James Thomas. "Aristocratic Visions: The Art of Feke; with a Chronological List of His Works." The Magazine of Art 40 (January 1947): p. 36.

__________________. American Painting: First Flowers of Our Wilderness. Boston, 1947, pp. 143, 261, 304, 348.

Sellers, Charles Coleman. "Mezzotint Prototypes of Colonial Portraiture: A Survey Based on the Research of Waldron Phoenix Belknap, Jr." The Art Quarterly 20 (Winter 1957): pp. 433, 437 (pl. 20B).

Belknap, Waldron Phoenix, Jr. American Colonial Painting. Cambridge, MA , 1959, no. 20B (pl. 24).

Novak, Barbara. American Painting of the Nineteenth Century. New York, 1969, pp. 16, 18 (ill.).

Mooz, R. Peter. "The Art of Robert Feke." Ph.D. diss, The University of Pennsylvania. Philadelphia, 1970, pp. 146, 147, 161, 213, 229, 23.0 [as MRS. JOHN BANISTER]

Baigel, Matthew. A History of American Painting. New York, 1971, pp. 39, 42.