William Berczy

The Woolsey Family

1809
Berczy's correspondence with his wife reveals the care he devoted to executing this family portrait: he made studies of each of the eight figures before transposing them onto canvas. The composition is structured around the hierarchical positioning of the figures, much like in a classical frieze, with the father standing at the rear, presiding over the scene. The architecture of the interior unifies the whole, while the smooth finish and rather cool chromatic range, with green and blue predominating, give the work a neoclassical flavour.
Title
The Woolsey Family
Date
1809
Medium
Painting
Materials
oil on canvas
Dimensions
59.9 x 86.5 cm
Nationality
Canadian
Credit line
Gift of Major Edgar C. Woolsey, Ottawa, 1952
Accession number
5875