Ammi Phillips - Little Girl in Red Dress with Cat and Dog
Ammi Phillips (1788-1865) - Little Girl in Red Dress with Cat and Dog (1835)
USA 32c Stamp Issued 1998
American Folk Art Museum
This artist was a prolific producer of folk art during his long career. It is interesting to note that much of his work was not attributed to anyone in particular, until the 1920s when a group of people in Kent, Connecticut, began to collect much of his work, which was distinct, yet similar in nature. The works became known as "Kent Limner" style up until the late 1960s when the works were finally attributed to Phillips.
Th figures in his paintings are quite distinct - faces are pale and sombre, with an overall mood of malevolence.