(1803 - 1882)
Ruth Whittier Shute was active/lived in New Hampshire, Kentucky. Ruth Shute is known for naive portrait painting of small-town residents.
Biography Ruth Shute
An itinerant, collaborative portrait painter with her husband, Ruth
Shute was born in Dover, New Hampshire, and was married in 1827 to
artist Samuel Addison Shute, a doctor and portrait painter. They
settled in Weare, New Hampshire but traveled widely to paint
portraits. They would advertise in local papers that they were
available for portrait painting and stay as long as the commissions
In 1833, in Peterborough, New Hampshire, they finished
eighteen portraits in thirty-one days. About twenty-five
portraits are extant from the early painting period of 1827 to 1831,
fifteen by him and ten by Ruth.
The earliest signed portrait
by both of them was for the Atkinson family in Lowell, Massachus
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