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Portrait of Lucy Cogswell Burnham

1991.972.2 (RS21245)

Description

One of two portraits done. Of rectangular format, a vertical portrait of a seated woman with corkscrew curls, black hair, dark eyes and facing slightly to her right. She is wearing a black dress with a lace-edged collar, cameo broach at the "V". A white edged black shawl off her left shoulder, and she has lace-edged sleeves. Her left hand visible with a gold ring and inset gem (diamond?) on her index finger. It has a painted grain frame with gilded inner and outer lips.

Details

Maker
Wiggin, Alfred J. (Maker)
Date
1849
September
Inscriptions
Incised on the lower stretcher bar is: Painted by A.J. Wiggin, Sept. 1849. In the upper left stretcher on the back, on a typewritten white label is: Portrait of Lucy (Cogswell) Burnham/of Essex, Mass. Wife of Aaron Burnham./Born in Essex, July 17, 1813. Married July 1, 1849 died Sept.10, 1880./This portrait was painted at the time of her/ marriage by A.J. Wiggin Sept.1849. Purchased in Essex about 1935. In black stencil on the lower right of the canvas reads: From/J.J. Adams./99 Washington St./Boston .
Associated Building
Original to Cogswell's Grant (Essex, Mass.).
Material
canvas
oil paint (paint)
Object type
Art
Places
Massachusetts (United States)
Descriptive terms
canvas
oil paint (paint)
Painting
paintings (visual works)
portraits
People and organizations
Burnham, Aaron L., Mr., 1807
Dimensions
30 1/4 x 25 1/2 (HxW) (inches)
Accession Number
1991.972.2
Credit Line
Gift of Bertram K. and Nina Fletcher Little
GUSN
11303
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Title Painting Accession number 1991.972.1 Notes 1991.972 1 PICTURE, PORTRAIT Relationship Part of set

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