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Portrait of Two Girls

1987.1001 (RS85190)

Description

This painting depicts two young girls in an interior setting. They stand to either side of a green baize-covered table, on which stands a clear glass vase filled with flowers. The older of the two girls holds a posy in her left hand, which rests on the table. She is brunette, dressed in a frilled white chemise over an empire-waisted blue gown decorated with white sprigs. She has a printed yellow kerchief knotted around her neck. Her dress is belted below the bosom with a black ribbon and paste buckle She wears a stranded coral necklace and coral earrings. She wears white stockings and black shoes. The smaller girl wears a white dress, white chemise, printed yellow kerchief, black belt, paste buckle and black shoes. She holds a small openwork basket in her right hand, partially filled with red berries. She holds a cluster of berries in her left hand. The room is decorated with a large carpet or painted floorcloth. Behind the girls and to the right is a large paned window, partially covered with swagged drapery held in place with gold cords that end in tassels. Tree tops and clouds are visible through the window. The painting is framed in black with a gilt inner frame.

Details

Maker
unknown
Date
1810-1830
based on costume
Associated Building
Used at Barrett House (New Ipswich, N.H.).
Material
canvas
oil paint (paint)
Object type
Art
Descriptive terms
canvas
Coated Canvas
Girl
girls
Oil
oil paint (paint)
paintings (visual works)
Picture
Portrait
Accession Number
1987.1001
Credit Line
Gift of Caroline Barr Wade
GUSN
63838

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