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C.R. Parker

A Connecticut native, C.R. Parker was working as an artist in Louisiana, where he received a commission for several large portraits for the state capitol.

C.R. Parker

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Portrait of a Creole Woman. Parker, C.R. (artist)

A  Connecticut native, by 1825 C.R. Parker was working as an artist in Louisiana, where he received a commission for several large portraits for the state capitol. From 1828 to 1832, Parker studied in England, where he exhibited with the Free Society of Artists and befriended John James Audubon. Upon returning to New Orleans, he opened a studio and in the 1830s and 1840s traversed the Deep South, becoming one of the most prolific itinerant portraitists for the newly wealthy planter class. His paintings are noted for delicate craftsmanship and careful rendering of fine jewelry.