Portrait of Mrs. Elmer (Sarah Marie Stoughton) Tyler, head and shoulders, facing right. She is in a black dress with off the shoulder neckline trimmed with white lace. She is wearing a small gold brooch. Brown hair, up in bun on top of her head.
The subject of the portrait was married to Elmer Tyler, one of Chicago's earliest tailors. He is listed in the 1839 Chicago city directory at 101 Lake Street, between Clark and Dearborn Streets. The portrait was painted by Sheldon Peck, an artist associated with early Chicago. Born in 1797 in Vermont, Peck's career blossomed as an artist with little training while he was in Chicago. Peck painted in naive style, folk art painted in crude manners but with simple ideas. Like most other naive artists, Peck rarely signed his name to his works. However, since naive art is displayed in unique styles and tall tale characteristics, his paintings are easily recognizable. Sheldon Peck paintings are extremely rare and much sought-after by art museums.