Reverend John Atwood and His Family

Painter: Henry F. Darby

Year: 1845

The hyper-real appearance of the sitters in this painting might be an indication of the pressures of early photography on the practice of painting. Darby was only seventeen when he made this painting of Reverend Atwood and his family. The sitters' pious appearance – they read five bibles – is juxtaposed against the fashionable furnishings and lush textiles that surround them.