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Mary Campbell Stuart

Mary Campbell Stuart

c. 1815

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Gilbert Stuart

(American, 1755-1828)

Oil on wood

Framed: 102.2 x 85.1 x 10.2 cm (40 1/4 x 33 1/2 x 4 in.); Unframed: 83 x 65.7 cm (32 11/16 x 25 7/8 in.)

The Charles W. Harkness Gift 1927.394.2

Description

Born in Rhode Island, Gilbert Stuart studied painting in London under fellow American expatriate Benjamin West (also in this gallery). He achieved great success as a fashionable portrait painter of high society, most famously George and Martha Washington. Here, he portrayed Mary Stuart (born Campbell), the great-granddaughter of Colonel Peter Bard, a New Jersey Supreme Court judge. She married Dr. James Stuart, whose portrait was also painted by Stuart (unrelated to the sitters). Both are shown seated in an Empire chair upholstered in brown brocade. Stuart painted the portrait pair on panel because the British naval blockade during the War of 1812 hindered the import of canvas, the artist’s preference.

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Collection: 
American - Painting
Type of artwork: 
Painting
Medium: 
Oil on wood

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