Oil painting of a beautiful young woman attributed to Isaac Sheffield (born 1798, died 1845). The painting was probably done at the time of her marriage. The following information appears on the internet site Blue World Web Museum.
Isaac Sheffield was an itinerant Connecticut painter who specialized in portraits of sea captains, whalers and figures. He was born in Guilford, CT in 1798 and by 1838 he was living in New London. At least five full-sized paintings and three miniatures, all portraits, are currently known to exist. Only one bears a signature, a gouache of a young girl painted in 1833 which is his earliest known work and the only one not created in his preferred medium of oil on canvas. The other four of the five portraits are of sea captains and all are unsigned. One of his captain's portraits is housed in the permanent collection of the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., and a second of Captain Peter Coffin is in the collection of the U.S. Gallery at the Australian National Maritime Museum in Sydney. Records show that Sheffield purchased a burial plot in Stonington, CT from Captain Thomas Robinson in the early 1840's. The cemetery, still located at Stonington Point, is likely his final resting place.
The painting has never been relined and appears to be in very good condition. This oil painting is 24 inches by 30 inches in size. The frame is 29 inches by 35 inches. The frame is old but it looks more like a frame from 1900 than one made in 1835. On the frame is red writing showing a number of 300 which may have been the painting and frame’s price in the mid-twentieth century.