|paintings dated after 1834 appear to have been
done only by Ruth.
Ruth immediately returned to Concord, New
Hampshire, where Samuel was buried. In 1840,
Ruth married Alpha Tarbell and they moved to
Louisville, Kentucky. The Tarbells had two
daughters. Ruth continued to paint, mainly
family portraits and a few Civil War scenes from
accounts of major battles such as Gettsysburg.
During this time, her style evolved from
primitive folk art to paintings that clearly
resembled their subjects. Ruth died on
The Shutes' work can be divided into two
periods. Little is known about the first period,
(1827-1831), except that the two artists generally
work separately. These earliest paintings are
very primitive. Of the twenty-five paintings
which are identified from this period, fifteen are
by S.A. Shute and ten are by R.W. Shute.
However, they eventually developed an
unusual style, both working on the same piece
of art. Ruth usually did the drawing and
Samuel the painting. This collaboration marked
the second period and dates from sometime in
1831 until mid 1833.
Most of the Shutes' finest work is found