Young Girl with Portrait of George Washington, ca. 1850
Southworth & Hawes (Albert Sands Southworth [American, 1811–1894] and Josiah Johnson Hawes [American, 1808–1901]), Boston
Daguerreotype; 8 1/2 x 6 1/2 in. (21.6 x 16.5 cm)
Gift of I. N. Phelps Stokes, Edward S. Hawes, Alice Mary Hawes, and Marion Augusta Hawes, 1937 (37.14.53)
This mesmerizing portrait by the Boston daguerreotypists Southworth & Hawes seems to be an allegory of allegiance, in which the young girl directs the viewer's attention back to the iconic painting of George Washington by Gilbert Stuart. But as yet the subject and exact meaning of this enigmatic image are not known.