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Anna Watson Stuart

Artist:
Daniel Huntington (American, New York 1816–1906 New York)
Date:
ca. 1862
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
50 x 40 in. (127 x 101.6 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Denny Brereton, 1943
Accession Number:
43.55.2
Not on view
Huntington was the preferred portraitist of respectable New York society during the 1860s. Here Mrs. Joseph L. (Anna Watson) Stuart (1817-1881), wife of an Irish-born dry goods merchant turned banker, is seated in a lush landscape. She is dressed in fashionable ermine and laces, and on her right wrist she wears a cameo bracelet, created by Augustus Saint-Gaudens. This family heirloom, now in a private collection, is Saint-Gaudens’s most ambitious extant cameo project, featuring six portraits— Mr. (1803-1874) and Mrs. Stuart and their four children Anna (1840-1902), Joseph Jr. (1843-1890), Margaret (1845-1932), and Robert Watson (1847-1920). Each cameo is set in a gold mount with a shell pearl border.
Signature: [on chair arm at right center]: D. Huntington

Marking: [stamped on canvas on the back]: [first line illegible] / 111 Fulton St. / NEW YORK / General Depot / ARTISTS' MATERIALS
the sitter's descendants, until 1943
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