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Portrait of Mary Edwards Honey (1848-1900)

1997.92 (RS258115)

Description

Three-quarter length portrait depicts Mary Edwards Honey, seated, holding a teacup. Her arm rests on a gilt chair softened by blue pillows. The portrait was displayed in a later maple frame with a gilded scroll and shell interior border.

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Label
The daughter of a conservative Philadelphia family, Mary Edwards met her future husband at a dinner party held in Washington, D.C. as the Civil War was ending. Samuel Honey, an English lawyer who came to the United States in the 1840s, volunteered for service with the Northern army. The couple settled in Newport, Rhode Island where Colonel Honey drafted Jane Stuart's will. The daughter of Gilbert Stuart, Jane made her living painting portraits, illustrations, and copies of her famous father's work. In recompense for his legal services, Jane painted two portraits of her lawyer's lovely young wife. Mrs. Honey is dressed in the latest fashion for evening entertaining in the late 1860s, displaying a large cupid's arrow brooch pinned in her lace fichu, a common jeweled love token, along with a jeweled tiara and sizeable diamond engagement ring. Mary Honey, the daughter of Mary and Samuel Honey, married widower and former Mayor of Boston, Josiah B. Quincy, in 1905.
Maker
Attributed to Stuart, Jane (Artist)
Date
ca. 1868
Inscriptions
Frame labels.
Material
canvas
oil paint (paint)
Object type
Art
Descriptive terms
canvas
oil paint (paint)
Picture
Portrait
portraits
People and organizations
Mary Edwards Honey
Dimensions
37 x 29.5 (HxW) (inches)
Accession Number
1997.92
Credit Line
Estate of Vera G. Honey
GUSN
13470
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