Attributed to Samuel P. Howes (American 1806-1881) Portrait of "Aurora B. Shedd 14 Years of Age". Unsigned, subject identified and dated by inscriptions on the reverse. Oil on canvas, painted April 1840, the brown-haired girl is seated, holding a book, wearing a taupe-colored dress, with black jet brooch and a gold beaded necklace, 28 x 24 in., in a molded giltwood frame. Condition: Minor scattered paint loss. Note: Samuel P. Howes lived and worked in Lowell, Massachusetts, most of his life. He came to be recognized as a talented folk painter. By 1830's when Howes was in Lowell it was a booming textile city making it a good climate for selling his likenesses which he did there for the next ten years. From 1845-1865 he advertised his daguerreotype business from there. Aurora Shedd likely lived in Lowell where the Shedds were a prominent family in the 19th century.