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Rosalie

1941.1697 (RS33836)

Description

Half-length portrait of a seated woman turned slightly to the left with her right hand at her breast; she wears a yellow sash and holds a dark cape across her lap. Gilt frame with ornate decoration at corners; plaque affixed to bottom rail of frame with a poem about Rosalie written by the artist.

Details

Label
"Cherished Possessions": This painting depicts the fictional character Rosalie, who, according to the accompanying poem written by the artist, is a woman just coming of age and surrendering to the strains of music heard at dusk. Rosalie may be modeled after Nathan Appleton's daughter Fanny, who later married the poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Appleton commissioned the painting in 1835. Washington Allston trained extensively in England and Europe and is credited with introducing the romantic art movement to America.<br/>
Maker
Allston, Washington, 1779-1843 (Painter)
Date
1835
Material
canvas
gilding
oil paint (paint)
Object type
Art
Places
Boston (Suffolk county, Massachusetts)
Massachusetts (United States)
Descriptive terms
canvas
gilding
oil paint (paint)
painting (image-making)
Picture
Portrait
romanticism (form of expression)
People and organizations
Appleton, Fanny
Appleton, Nathan
Dimensions
43 x 39 (HxW) (inches)
Accession Number
1941.1697
Credit Line
Gift of William Sumner Appleton, Mrs. R.H.F. Standen, Mrs. George F. Weld, and Gladys H. Winterbottom
GUSN
190808

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