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Elizabeth Beltzhoover Mason

Elizabeth Beltzhoover Mason

c. 1803-1805

Gilbert Stuart

(American, 1755-1828)

Oil on canvas

Framed: 90 x 78 x 8 cm (35 7/16 x 30 11/16 x 3 1/8 in.); Unframed: 73.8 x 61 cm (29 1/16 x 24 in.)

Gift from J. H. Wade 1921.428

Fun Fact

Stuart also painted a portrait of George Washington, now immortalized on the dollar bill.

Description

Stuart introduced into American art a painting technique based on spontaneous, yet strategically placed brushstrokes and layers of subtle, translucent paint that presents sitters as if bathed in mist. Commissioned five years after her marriage, this painting of Elizabeth Beltzhoover Mason (1781–1836) declares her stylishness by associating her with Stuart's fashionable manner. The portrait adapts to a small format the accessories of column and drapery traditionally associated with larger paintings, creating an effect of both intimacy and grandeur.

See also
Collection: 
American - Painting
Type of artwork: 
Painting
Medium: 
Oil on canvas
Credit line: 
Gift from J. H. Wade

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