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Hannah Wentworth Atkinson

Hannah Wentworth Atkinson

1760

Oil on canvas

Unframed: 124.7 x 99.3 cm (49 1/8 x 39 1/8 in.)

Gift of the John Huntington Art and Polytechnic Trust 1919.1005

Description

Posed bolt upright in a billowing satin gown, Mrs. Atkinson (born Hannah Wentworth, 1700–1769) is almost a mannequin for the display of opulent textiles. As the sister of the first royal governor of New Hampshire and the wife of that colony's chief justice and richest man, she was as close to an aristocrat as any person in British America. Mrs. Atkinson and her husband found a suitable portrait painter in Joseph Blackburn who was probably born and trained in England, and was thus familiar with fashionable tastes.

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