Catherina Elmendorf

Artist: Unknown Artist

Date: 1752

Geography: Made in United States

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions: 50 x 40 in. (127 x 101.6 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Gift of Katharine H. Aldrich, 2006

Accession Number: 2006.418


Catherina Elmendorf (b. 1747) was a daughter of Petrus Edmundus Elmendorf (1715–1765) and Mary Crooke (b. 1721) of Kingston, New York. The artist, who remains unidentified, carefully delineated key aspects of the sitter’s clothing and surroundings. Pinned to Catherina’s bodice is an intricate lace stomacher, and she holds a red carnation in her left hand. Her right hand is cupped upward in a gesture of receiving.